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Saving California's Bumble Bees: Become a Citizen Scientist

The late Robbin Thorp, UC Davis distinguished emeritus professor of entomology, would have been proud of the California Bumble Bee...

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on foxgloves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on foxgloves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on foxgloves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging on a rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging on a rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging on a rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male  black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging on a lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging on a lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging on a lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus crotchii foraging in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. It has been named an endangered species due to the impacts of pesticides, climate change, and human development. (Photo by Allan Jones)
Bombus crotchii foraging in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. It has been named an endangered species due to the impacts of pesticides, climate change, and human development. (Photo by Allan Jones)

Bombus crotchii foraging in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. It has been named an endangered species due to the impacts of pesticides, climate change, and human development. (Photo by Allan Jones)

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 2:01 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Western Monarch Population Increase: What Does This Mean?

What does the increase in the overwintering Western monarch population along coastal California mean? The number...

Overwintering monarchs at Pacific Grove, California, in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Overwintering monarchs at Pacific Grove, California, in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Overwintering monarchs at Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This migratory male monarch, released Aug. 28, 2016 by Steve Johnson of Ashland as part of the David James' citizen scientist project, fluttered into Vacaville, Calif. on Sept. 5, 2016, on its way to an overwintering site along coastal California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This migratory male monarch, released Aug. 28, 2016 by Steve Johnson of Ashland as part of the David James' citizen scientist project, fluttered into Vacaville, Calif. on Sept. 5, 2016, on its way to an overwintering site along coastal California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This migratory male monarch, released Aug. 28, 2016 by Steve Johnson of Ashland as part of the David James' citizen scientist project, fluttered into Vacaville, Calif. on Sept. 5, 2016, on its way to an overwintering site along coastal California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 4:18 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Monarch Population May Be 'Fluttering Back'

Let the count begin! Researchers and volunteers in a three-week project headed by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation are now...

A cluster of monarchs  overwintering in an 80-foot-high  eucalyptus tree at the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, on Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A cluster of monarchs overwintering in an 80-foot-high eucalyptus tree at the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, on Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A cluster of monarchs overwintering in an 80-foot-high eucalyptus tree at the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, on Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 3:52 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

No Federal Protection for the Monarch Butterflies

Yes, monarch butterflies qualify for the Endangered Species list. But no, we can't protect them because we don't have the money. That's the gist of...

A monarch butterfly nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch spreads its wings as it nectars on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch spreads its wings as it nectars on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch spreads its wings as it nectars on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs overwintering in the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarchs overwintering in the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs overwintering in the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:26 PM
Focus Area Tags: Economic Development, Natural Resources

A Memorable Year for the Western Monarchs

It's definitely going to be quite a memorable year for the Western monarch butterflies--memorable as in "record low populations at the...

Monarchs overwintering in the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarchs overwintering in the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs overwintering in the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch nectaring on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch nectaring on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch nectaring on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:02 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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