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>Monarch Watch Update - August 30, 2005
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>Contents:
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>1) Status of the Population
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>2) Tagging Kit Availability
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>3) Spring Reports of Monarchs in Texas
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>4) Monarch Waystation Update
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>5) Monarch Watch Open House & Monarch Tagging Event
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>6) Monarch Degree Days For The Last Three Seasons
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>7) Monarch Watch Online Community Forums
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>8) Papalotzin
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>9) Determining Sex of Monarch Pupae
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>10) Morelia Monarch Conference Books
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>11) About Our Update List
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>Unless otherwise noted, all content was authored by Chip Taylor, 
>edited by Jim Lovett and Sarah Schmidt, and published by Jim Lovett. 
>The complete web version of this update is available at: 
>http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html
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>1) Status of the Population
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>What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time I was busy 
>downplaying expectations for the fall migration; there were few 
>optimistic signs. This year it's all, or nearly all,  "high fives" 
>and "thumbs up" for the migration. Conditions really look favorable 
>for an excellent migration. Last month I predicted that the 
>migration would result in an overwintering population in Mexico of 
>5-7 hectares (all monarch colonies combined). It now looks like the 
>population could be even larger and may even exceed the long term 
>average of 9 hectares - let's hope this is the case. ...
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>[ Read the full text of this article at 
>http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html#1 ]
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>2) Tagging Kit Availability
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>As As we've mentioned in the two previous Updates, we did not 
>initially order as many tags as in previous years (only 200,000) but 
>given the optimistic outlook for the upcoming migration, we decided 
>to have another 40,000 tags produced. Nevertheless, the window of 
>availability is closing fast and we expect to be out of tags early 
>in September. If you plan on participating in our tagging program 
>this season as a part of a tagging event, with your school, or with 
>family and friends please order your tags soon so that you don't miss out!
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>Monarch Tagging Kits are available via the Monarch Watch Shop online (24/7) at
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>http://Shop.MonarchWatch.org/category.aspx?c=tagging_kits
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>or by calling 1-800-780-9986 (M-F 8am-8pm ET)
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>If you are not sure when you should be tagging in your area, please 
>use the following as a guide. ...
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>[ Read the full text of this article at 
>http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html#2 ]
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>3) Spring Reports of Monarchs in Texas
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>A note on the number of monarchs reported in the spring in Texas.
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>In the June Update I made the following statement: "As I've pointed 
>out previously, an analysis of observed sightings such as these 
>rests on the assumption that similar numbers of observers are 
>motivated to report their sightings each year and that weather 
>patterns or other events do not increase or decrease the numbers of 
>observations reported." For most of the country, the numbers of 
>spring monarch sightings reported to Journey North come from JN's 
>network of participants and sightings reported to Dplex-L. In Texas, 
>the networks of amateur and professional biologists developed first 
>by Bill Calvert and then by Mike Quinn (starting in September 2000) 
>have generated many of the sightings in that state. The numbers of 
>monarchs reaching Texas in the spring, the environmental conditions 
>encountered by these butterflies, e.g. drought, fire ants, etc., and 
>their subsequent reproductive success are our first clues as to how 
>the monarchs will fair each year. Therefore, the reports from Texas 
>are important and we hope that Mike Quinn will be able to activate 
>his network of observers next spring and for many springs to come.
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>4) Monarch Waystation Update
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>Wow! The number of Monarch Waystations registered has tripled since 
>the last Update - over 200 sites all over North America to date. In 
>late July we announced the availability of online registration and 
>certification via our web site. The process is simple and it takes 
>only a few minutes to register your monarch habitat.
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>We are excited by the number of new Monarch Waystations! It's 
>evident that this small program, which we announced on the 21st of 
>April, is catching on and will continue to grow. To keep it growing, 
>we will need all of you who are concerned about monarch conservation 
>to promote the Monarch Waystation concept and to encourage others to 
>join in this conservation effort. Some stewards of new Monarch 
>Waystations have contacted their local newspapers, resulting in news 
>stories about the need to create and conserve monarch habitats. 
>These are "good news" stories and they help to spread the word. If 
>you contact a newspaper and need any help or advice just visit our 
>web site for all the background on the Monarch Waystation program, 
>or have the reporter contact us directly.
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>If you look at the Monarch Waystation Registry online at
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>http://www.MonarchWatch.org/ws/registry.html
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>you will see that habitats for monarchs have been created at home 
>and public gardens, nature centers, butterfly houses, schools, zoos, 
>park districts, botanical gardens, and funeral homes. This is a 
>great start and the possibilities seem endless. It sure would be 
>good to get some retirement homes, hospitals, and golf courses on 
>the registry as well, so please continue to spread the word and get 
>others involved in creating, conserving and protecting monarch habitats!
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>Monarch Waystation Program: http://www.MonarchWatch.org/ws/
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>Finally, we now have a limited number of Monarch Waystation T-shirts 
>and Canvas Tote Bags available via the Monarch Watch Shop. We 
>announced this in our online forums last week and orders are 
>starting to come in! Each features the Monarch Waystation logo with 
>the message "Create, Conserve, & Protect Monarch Habitats" and the 
>t-shirt adds "Monarch Waystations" on the front left chest. The 
>artwork is printed in a two-tone green that compliments the natural 
>color of the t-shirt and canvas tote.
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>You can view the graphics and other details in the forum announcement at
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>http://www.MonarchWatch.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=249
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>or in the Monarch Watch Shop at
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>Monarch Waystation T-shirt (item #125872)
>http://Shop.MonarchWatch.org/product.aspx?p=125872
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>and
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>Monarch Waystation Canvas Tote (item #125874) 
>http://Shop.MonarchWatch.org/product.aspx?p=125874
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>You can order these items online in the Monarch Watch Shop by using 
>the product links above or by calling 1-800-780-9986. Let us know 
>what you think!
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>5) Monarch Watch Open House & Monarch Tagging Event
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>Monarch Watch Open House
>Saturday, 10 September 2005 8am-3pm
>More info: http://www.MonarchWatch.org/openhouse/
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>Join us in person or online!
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>Monarch Tagging at the Baker-Haskell Wetlands (Lawrence, KS)
>Saturday, 17 September 2005, 7:30-11:30am
>More info: http://www.MonarchWatch.org/wetlands/
>
>We hope to see you there!
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>[ Read the full text of this article at 
>http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html#5 ]
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>6) Monarch Degree Days For The Last Three Seasons
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>By Janis Lentz and Chip Taylor
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>... A comparison of the accumulated degree days for each of the last 
>three years for the cities listed shows that 2005 has been warmer 
>than either 2003 or 2004, except for 2003 in Winnipeg. The result is 
>a higher number of potential monarchs generations this year. The 
>greater potential for reproduction due to higher temperatures could 
>explain the many reports of favorable monarch numbers this summer.
>
>In the tables below, the monarch degree days are shown for Winnipeg, 
>St. Paul, Des Moines, Lawrence, and Dallas for the past three 
>seasons from 15 July through 23 August. For the complete degree day 
>data, from the average date of first arrival of monarchs for each of 
>these cities, please see the July Update. We will add to the tables 
>below through the September Update. ...
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>[ Read the full text of this article at 
>http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html#6 ]
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>7) Monarch Watch Online Community Forums
>
>It has been just over a year since we launched the Monarch Watch 
>Forums online. The forum community continues to grow and we are now 
>at 382 registered users (at least 10 countries represented) and over 
>900 articles.
>
>This new community is off to a great start but it is obvious that 
>there are a lot of you out there that haven't checked it out yet or 
>are just "lurking" (nothing wrong with that) instead of joining in ;-)
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>We are continually tweaking the online forums and would love 
>feedback so that we can mold them into something that is really 
>useful and satisfies the needs of this wonderful monarch community.
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>I encourage everyone reading this to give the forums a try, send us 
>feedback and help us build a stronger online community for Monarch 
>Watchers all around the world. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to
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>http://www.MonarchWatch.org/forums/
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>take a couple of minutes to register, then read through the 
>ANNOUNCEMENTS and join in!
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>If you have any questions about using the forums please feel free to 
>drop us a line anytime. ENJOY! :-)
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>8) Papalotzin
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>Can you imagine following the flight of the monarchs to Mexico in an 
>ultra-light aircraft? It could be fun, exciting, dangerous, a great 
>logistic challenge, and an extraordinary adventure. ...
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>The flight will (tentatively) pass through the following cities: 
>Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Breslau (near Cambridge), Point Pelee, 
>and Niagara Falls in Canada, New York state (and perhaps NYC), 
>Washington, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Lawrence, Oklahoma City, 
>Dallas, Austin, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, then into Mexico to Monterrey, 
>Saltillo, Queretaro, Morelia and Valle de Bravo.
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>[ Read the full text of this article at 
>http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html#8 ]
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>9) Determining Sex of Monarch Pupae
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>We often receive inquiries about how to determine the sex of pupae. 
>The "how to" can be found on our web site at: 
>http://www.MonarchWatch.org/biology/sexing.htm. The text is 
>accompanied by a line drawing showing the anterior-posterior line on 
>the ventral side of the abdomen on the 8th sternite (abdominal 
>segment) that distinguishes a female from a male, which has only a 
>slight depression at this location. While this verbal description is 
>clear, unless you are put off by the terminology, and the line 
>drawing shows you what needs to be seen, there is nothing like a 
>good picture. Ron Brancato, the artist who created two of the 
>monarch posters that can be found in the Monarch Watch Shop, 
>recently sent us a wonderful photo montage that clearly show the 
>differences between male and female pupae. We wish to thank Ron for 
>thinking of us and allowing us to use the image.
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>Pupae image: http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830_pupae.html
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>Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly Poster II: 
>http://Shop.MonarchWatch.org/product.aspx?p=125560
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>Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly Poster: 
>http://Shop.MonarchWatch.org/product.aspx?p=113204
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>10) Morelia Monarch Conference Books
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>Last month we announced the availability of about 20 books from the 
>Monarch Conference held in Morelia, Mexico in 1997. They're gone! 
>Thanks to all of you who expressed an interest in this publication - 
>we are sorry we didn't have enough books to fulfill all the 
>requests. We appreciate the contributions received above and beyond 
>the cost of shipping. If we find any more books as we continue to 
>organize our space we'll let you know!
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