Mass Audubon: A Good Year for Monarchs?

The following post was shared by my sweet friend and GMG reader Lois. Thank you so much Lois!

During the last week of August, Regional Scientist Robert Buchsbaum and several Mass Audubon naturalists and scientists took a field trip to Conway Hills Wildlife Sanctuary just west of the Connecticut River in Conway, MA. While there, they were pleasantly surprised by what they saw. Here’s Robert’s report:

“The initial goal of our exploration was to document the odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) that are present at this sanctuary. Conway Hills is a relatively new sanctuary for Mass Audubon so our records of species that occur there is still a work in progress.

While rambling through a big field in the center of the sanctuary, we couldn’t help but notice the large number of monarch butterfly caterpillars that were feasting on the milkweed plants in the field. Just about every one of the Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) plants had a Monarch caterpillar on it, busily chewing on leaves.
This was very heartening to all of us, given how scarce Monarch butterflies were last summer and the overall concern about the future of this stunning butterfly.

 

 

 

One thought on “Mass Audubon: A Good Year for Monarchs?

  1. This is very good news and a very nice sign but like you said in the podcast may have difficulty on migration “southbound through Texas ore even Florida to Mexico due to storm. Storms have a way of impacting everything in the big circle of life linkages! Dave & Kim

    Dedicated for the journey

    The Allman Brothers Band – Southbound

    tps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI2EIlpblOk

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