Monarch Butterflies Arrive in Michoacan, Mexico, Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Give me a “gracias” and a happy Thanksgiving! Monarch butterflies arrive in Michoacan, continuing their migration which has endured for millennia. … Read More

In the Butterfly Garden, Part II: Transplants and Seedlings to Make a Vibrant Butterfly Garden in Downtown San Antonio

The turf-to-bed conversion continues as we begin to transform a drought-damaged downtown San Antonio yard into a butterfly garden. Favorite host plants will be transplanted from Austin, we’ll buy several new plants in the spring and plan our seedling strategy for early January. Read all about it, and let us know if you have questions.… Read More

In the Butterfly Garden: Use Solarization to Convert a Drought Damaged Lawn into a Vibrant Butterfly Garden

Front yard struck by the drought? Grass looking a little dead? Perhaps you should consider solarization, an easy, chemical-free method of converting your dead, water guzzling grass to a glorious butterfly garden. Check out our step-by-step approach for a turf-to-bed-conversion.… Read More

State of the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Two Minutes: Thank you, Mike Quinn of Texas MonarchWatch

Austin entomologist Mike Quinn of Texas MonarchWatch succinctly summarizes the impact of the Texas drought on the Monarch butterfly migration for KXAN TV news in Austin.… Read More

Texas Drought Impact on Wildflower Seed Production Cuts Both Ways, PLUS Five Tips for Collecting Wildflower Seeds

The Texas drought’s impact on wildflower seed production cuts both ways–some wildflowers produce more seed, others don’t. PLUS: Five tips for collecting wildflower seed for next year’s butterfly garden.… Read More

Monarch Butterfly Migration Tracking Toward West Texas with Nectar Stops Along Llano River and Texas Hill Country

Monarch butterfly migration update: they’re here! Massing in West Texas and nectaring along the Llano River in the Texas Hill Country. Who would imagine they would gravitate to the most parched part of the State? Peak migration is upon us, so keep your eyes open for them.… Read More

Texas "hell" for Monarch Butterflies Migrating to Mexico, Says Monarch Watch Founder, Plus: How You Can Help

Monarch Watch founder Dr. Chip Taylor calls Texas “hell” for migrating Monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico. Historic drought has dried up rivers, streams and made nectar sources, the butterflies’ fuel, scarce. Taylor provides a population status report and some tips for how Texas butterfly fans can help.… Read More

Llano River Rains Make for Nectar Recovery and a Welcoming Stop for Migrating Monarch Butterflies

The drought continues, but recent rains in the Texas Hill Country resuscitate Llano River blooms, resulting in welcoming nectar stops for migrating Monarch butterflies. The timing might be just right for a robust Monarch butterfly migration.… Read More

Butterfly Plant Walk, Monarch Talk and Caterpillar Crawl to Kick off San Antonio Botanical Garden's Amazing Butterflies Exhibit

A Monarch walk, a caterpillar crawl, storytime, butterfly plant tour and gardening tips–it’s all at the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s opening weekend celebration of Amazing Butterflies. Come join me and other butterfly ambassadors and find your way through the Nature maze to learn the whole life cycle.… Read More

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