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Eastern Monarch Butterfly Population Falls to Less than One Hectare in the 2023-2024 Overwintering Season

Feb 07, 2024

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  • Migration
  • Population Trends
  • Recent Research
  • Important Monarch News

Monarch butterflies occupied 0.9 hectares, 1.31 less than the 2.21 hectares in the 2022-2023 overwintering season. This is the first time since the 2013-2014 overwintering season that the eastern monarch population has occupied less than one hectare. Read More

Western Monarch Count Declines

Jan 30, 2024

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  • Community Science
  • MJV Partnership News
  • Population Trends
  • Important Monarch News

Over 400 volunteers surveyed 256 overwintering sites this winter, tallying a total of 233,394 monarch butterflies across the western overwintering sites. Read More

Merjent Joins the MJV Network

Jan 23, 2024

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  • MJV Partnership News

The MJV is thrilled to welcome Merjent to the partner network! Merjent is a full-service consulting firm with a long history serving the energy industry. They offer a wide range of environmental, engineering, field, and restoration services to clients in the electric power generation and transmission, wind and solar energy, pipeline, renewable fuels, and transportation sectors; and they support government agencies. Read More

Partnerships & Pollinators: Mississinewa Habitat Project

Jan 17, 2024

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  • MJV Partnership News
  • Habitat News

Exciting developments are underway on Indiana's public lands as partnerships and pollinator habitats continue to flourish, thanks to the generosity of the Duke Energy Foundation, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, and multiple partners. Read More

Reflecting on a Season as a Drone Technician: Navigating Challenges, Embracing Growth, and Building Memories

Dec 13, 2023

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  • Conservation Stories
  • Recent Research
  • Habitat News

2023 was the MJV’s first year deploying drone technicians to survey common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Our talented drone technicians, Josiah Velner and Luis Osorio, excelled through all the beta-testing and unforeseen challenges. In this blog post, Luis and Josiah share a glimpse into their first field season through their experiences as Conservation Corp of Minnesota and Iowa members with the MJV.  Read More