>Monarch Watch Update - August 30, 2005 >http://www.MonarchWatch.org >[log in to unmask] > >========================================== > >Contents: > >1) Status of the Population > >2) Tagging Kit Availability > >3) Spring Reports of Monarchs in Texas > >4) Monarch Waystation Update > >5) Monarch Watch Open House & Monarch Tagging Event > >6) Monarch Degree Days For The Last Three Seasons > >7) Monarch Watch Online Community Forums > >8) Papalotzin > >9) Determining Sex of Monarch Pupae > >10) Morelia Monarch Conference Books > >11) About Our Update List > >========================================== > >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 > >========================================== > >1) Status of the Population > >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. ... > >[ Read the full text of this article at >http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html#1 ] > >========================================== > >2) Tagging Kit Availability > >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! > >Monarch Tagging Kits are available via the Monarch Watch Shop online (24/7) at > >http://Shop.MonarchWatch.org/category.aspx?c=tagging_kits > >or by calling 1-800-780-9986 (M-F 8am-8pm ET) > >If you are not sure when you should be tagging in your area, please >use the following as a guide. ... > >[ Read the full text of this article at >http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html#2 ] > >========================================== > >3) Spring Reports of Monarchs in Texas > >A note on the number of monarchs reported in the spring in Texas. > >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. > >========================================== > >4) Monarch Waystation Update > >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. > >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. > >If you look at the Monarch Waystation Registry online at > >http://www.MonarchWatch.org/ws/registry.html > >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! > >Monarch Waystation Program: http://www.MonarchWatch.org/ws/ > >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. > >You can view the graphics and other details in the forum announcement at > >http://www.MonarchWatch.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=249 > >or in the Monarch Watch Shop at > >Monarch Waystation T-shirt (item #125872) >http://Shop.MonarchWatch.org/product.aspx?p=125872 > >and > >Monarch Waystation Canvas Tote (item #125874) >http://Shop.MonarchWatch.org/product.aspx?p=125874 > >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! > >========================================== > >5) Monarch Watch Open House & Monarch Tagging Event > >Monarch Watch Open House >Saturday, 10 September 2005 8am-3pm >More info: http://www.MonarchWatch.org/openhouse/ > >Join us in person or online! > >---------- > >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! > >[ Read the full text of this article at >http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html#5 ] > >========================================== > >6) Monarch Degree Days For The Last Three Seasons > >By Janis Lentz and Chip Taylor > >... 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. ... > >[ Read the full text of this article at >http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html#6 ] > >========================================== > >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 ;-) > >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. > >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 > >http://www.MonarchWatch.org/forums/ > >take a couple of minutes to register, then read through the >ANNOUNCEMENTS and join in! > >If you have any questions about using the forums please feel free to >drop us a line anytime. ENJOY! :-) > >========================================== > >8) Papalotzin > >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. ... > >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. > >[ Read the full text of this article at >http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830.html#8 ] > >========================================== > >9) Determining Sex of Monarch Pupae > >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. > >Pupae image: http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0830_pupae.html > >Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly Poster II: >http://Shop.MonarchWatch.org/product.aspx?p=125560 > >Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly Poster: >http://Shop.MonarchWatch.org/product.aspx?p=113204 > >========================================== > >10) Morelia Monarch Conference Books > >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! > >========================================== > >11) About Our Update List > >You are receiving this email because you have provided Monarch Watch >with your email address at some point and expressed interest in >receiving updates from us. If you do not wish to receive these >periodic (probably monthly) email updates or feel that you were >subscribed in error, please see the unsubscribe information at the >end of this message. > >Have you somehow missed (or misplaced ;-) an update? 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