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Butterfly survey citizen science training opportunities available

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be host two citizen science trainings in June to prepare volunteers to assist with the Monarch and Regal Fritillary Surveys project. This workshop is for anyone interested in completing transect surveys looking for monarch and regal butterflies between June 15 and July 15, 2019. The first training will be June 11 from 10-11 a.m. at Nine-Mile Prairie near Lincoln. Contact Alie Mayes at alie.mayes@nebraska.gov for more information. The second training …

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Game and Parks to give away free milkweed seedlings in Norfolk

LINCOLN, Neb. – Help preserve the monarch butterfly by planting milkweed. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will give out free milkweed seedlings Sept. 29 in Norfolk. The seedlings, planting instructions and monarch educational information will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Game and Parks’ Northeast District Office, 2201 N. 13th St. Milkweed is the host plant for the monarch. This means monarchs only lay eggs on milkweed and milkweed is the only plant monarch caterpillars will …

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New plan aims to reverse monarch butterfly decline


LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcome public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population. The draft plan, called the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy, builds on existing efforts of state, federal, and local agencies, as well as private organizations and individuals. It covers a 16-state region from Texas to the Upper …

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Educators invited to participate in monarch workshop

LINCOLN, Neb. – Educators of preschool through second grade are invited to the Monarchs on a Mission workshop Oct. 21 in O’Neill. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Northern Prairies Land Trust will host the half-day workshop at 8:30 a.m. at the Holt County Annex, 128 N. 6th St. This workshop will focus on inquiry-based lessons that educators can use in classrooms and activities for outdoors. After implementing any of the resources from the workshop into their classrooms, …

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The Dire Need for More Milkweed

Seen many milkweeds lately? I didn’t think so. They continue to disappear at a disturbing rate. But, who cares? What’s the big deal? They’re just milkweeds anyway, right? Monarch butterflies, which migrate through Nebraska, cannot survive without the milkweed. Their larvae, caterpillars, will only feed on it. Female monarchs need it to lay their eggs. According to National Geographic, the trouble is not only in Mexico with deforestation, but fewer and fewer monarch butterflies are crossing North America to winter into Mexico, and the …

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Public may comment on draft plan for monarchs and at-risk pollinators

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to comment on a draft conservation plan for monarchs and at-risk pollinators in Nebraska. The Nebraska Monarch and Pollinator Initiative has developed a Conservation Strategy for Monarchs and At-risk Pollinators in Nebraska. The purpose of this plan is to collaborate with stakeholders to support populations of monarchs and other at-risk pollinators, as well as their ecological services, in Nebraska. The nation’s eastern population of the monarch butterfly has declined as much as 90 …

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Game and Parks seeks public’s help in tracking monarch habitat

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission needs the public’s help in documenting new and existing habitat for monarch butterflies. The public is encouraged to enter plantings of milkweed into the Monarch Tracker, which is available on the Game and Parks website. Doing so will help Game and Parks identify areas where milkweed and other pollinator-friendly flora can be planted, restored or enhanced in the next several years. Monarch populations are in serious decline, mostly because of loss of …

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Volunteers needed to plant milkweed seedlings for monarchs along Cowboy Trail

LINCOLN – Volunteers in towns along the Cowboy Trail are invited to support monarch butterfly conservation by helping the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plant milkweed seedlings on the trail right-of-way. Monarch butterflies have seen significant population declines in the past several years. One of the primary reasons for their decline is lack of milkweed plants, which are critical in the life cycle of the monarch. Eggs are laid only on milkweed plants, and caterpillars eat milkweed leaves exclusively. Game …

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Become Citizen Scientist, Help Monarchs Butterflies and Regal Fritillaries

LINCOLN – Become a citizen scientist and help professionals learn more about two Nebraska butterfly species in decline – the monarch and the regal fritillary. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking help from the public in two surveys to measure the abundance and range of these butterflies in Nebraska. More information on these surveys, as well as instructions on how to participate, are available on our website at OutdoorNebraska.org/ButterflySurvey. The Commission will host survey training at Nine Mile …

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