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Posted: Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:02 pm | Updated: 11:20 am, Mon Jun 9, 2014.

Monarch butterflies will have three new waystops in northwestern New Mexico on their migrations across the continent.

Seventh-graders in the region will be tracking their progress. They’re hoping other New Mexicans will pitch in to help the butterfly, whose populations have been decimated in recent years by herbicides, development and loss of habitat, according to biologists.

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3 comments:

  • Paul Cherubini posted at 6:53 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    Paul Cherubini Posts: 2

    "Non-profit" groups that are soliciting donations to "save the monarch" pay their executives $150,000 - $550,000 a year: http://imageshack.com/a/img842/2470/tq78.jpg
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    So that means part of the donation money these groups receive from the public is being used by their executives to live a life of material luxury.

     
  • Carol Pasternak posted at 2:34 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

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    These efforts are to be applauded. Monarch Watch, to which the commenter Paul is referring, is not getting rich sellling you milkweed or certifications. The non profit organization has a shoestring paid staff that does incredible work, and a huge team of passionate volunteers. You have to wonder about a commenter that is always the first to attack every good effort to save the monarchs.

     
  • Paul Cherubini posted at 11:35 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Paul Cherubini Posts: 2

    This article is a subtle commercial sales solicitation in disguise because it urges the public to PURCHASE milkweed seeds, wildflower seeds, chrysalids, etc. Then after the public makes those initial purchases they will then soon find they will be urged to officially "certify" their milkweed garden via PURCHASING a $33.00 certification and sign (like the sign displayed next to the lady in the article). Worse, the public is misled into believing that these plantings ”could make a difference," in boosting monarch numbers when nothing could be further from the truth. Why? Because billions of milkweed plants already exist in the wild and so even if 10,000 gardeners purchase and plant 10,000 more milkweed plants that would be equivalent to someone giving a gift of $10,000 to Bill Gates and then claiming the gift increased his net worth!

     
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