- Bas Relief, LLC Books, Educational Supplies and Artwork Celebrating Natural History (especially monarchs!) Bas Relief, LLC is the work of Ba Rea, exploring natural history. It includes books, educational materials, writing, and artwork. The subject matter often focuses on monarch butterflies and the milkweed community.
- Edith Smith's (of Shady Oak Farm) Wednesday, January 21, 2009, Blog page "What is Going On Inside a Monarch Chrysalis?" Edith Smith presents a great labelled image of the body parts visible on a newly formed monarch chrysalis.
- Journey North's Monarch pages An excellent resource for monarch information where students and monarch enthusiasts track monarch migration.
- Monarch Watch Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas offers tagging, Monarch Waystations programs and more.
- Monarchlab at the Univarsity of Minnesota Check out this excellent monarch site
- The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project A great citizen science project investigating the population dynamics of the monarch butterfly. You can be involved.
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Monarchs Arrive on the Knobs April 27, 2012
May 6, 2012 12 years ago, I concocted a plan to single-handedly provide enough eggs for all of the teachers in the greater Pittsburgh Area to use in their classrooms. At the time I was operating under a theory that … Continue reading
Raising Monarchs at Home
Here are some basics. I’ll add photos and more information soon. There almost as many good ways of raising monarchs at home as there are people doing it! So improvise. The basics are: The container needs to be tall enough … Continue reading
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Chasing Monarch Eggs
This year the monarchs came early to the Knobs of West Virginia. Usually I see a few eggs in May. The butterflies are likely the offspring of the Mexican migrants hatched from eggs laid in the southern tier of states. … Continue reading
Back in the Milkweed Patch.
Monarchs arrived early this year on the Knobs, in southeastern West Virginia. I spotted a tattered, faded monarch—likely a Mexican migrant— on April 30. Between those she left and those I found checking out milkweed on other spots on the … Continue reading
Ba talks a lot! (about monarchs)
It’s winter in the milkweed patch in my backyard on the Knobs of West Virginia. Just had the pleasure of doing a radio talk show, Birds and Nature, with Scott Shalaway about monarchs, monarch books, monarch programs, this trip and … Continue reading
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North Central Mexico
I am reviewing notes and memories from our trip to Mexico. I’ve been talking with Carol Cullar one of my traveling partners and the director of the Rio Bravo Nature Center. She sent this lovely description of the ecosystem and … Continue reading
The End of the Road
I am home again in Union, West Virginia. Our trip to Mexico with the monarchs was a wonderful experience. My apologies that the photos and text got thin near the end. The nice tech at Apple told me very gently … Continue reading
Hello from Laurel, Mississippi
We arrived at Carole Jordan’s home late last night. We are enjoying a much needed rest from the road today amongst great friends. Tomorrow we will get up early and drive to Radford, Virginia. I should be home sometime Sunday … Continue reading
Hello from Matehuala Mexico
I have so much to share. We went back to the area below the El Rosario parking lot on Sunday morning and watched thousands of monarchs drifting down from their over night clusters…There were few up in Angangueo and we … Continue reading
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Monarchs Clustering at Lower Elevations
Around 2 pm we headed up to Angangueo. We began seeing monarchs in Ocampo. We saw them further up the road toward Angangeo than we did yesterday but still very few in Angangueo. We continued on up to La Chincua. … Continue reading