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2021 Monarch Report - Annapolis Valley

The first Monarch butterflies arrived in our field of milkweed in 2021 on the 6th of June. Not only were they early, there were three of them at the beginng. Soon more joined them and by the 18th we found our first egg in the field. There was a caterpillar on the 22nd of June. Counts of Monachs seen in the field were done semi-regularly. and as of [...] Read more

Video on Monarch Habitat - ' A Field for Monarchs'

Jerry Lockett has created a fine video presentation of what Alison and I do for Monarchs in our 2 hectare field every year. It has some Monarch biology and descriptions of how to manage a field of Common Milkweed for good production of Monarch populations each year. Go to The video is 13 minutes long. - Larry Bogan

2020 Summary of Monarch Surveys - Annapolis Valley

In 2020 the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz occured from July 24 to August 2. This is not the end of the Monarch monitoring for 2020 but the results will give you an idea of the progress of the Monarch breeding this year. As of Auguat 3, I had monitored 20 sites in the Annapolis Valley and reported them to I found [...] Read more

2019 Monarch Report - Annapolis Valley

by Larry and Alison Bogan This year was an excellent year for the population of Monarchs although not as great as 2018 which was the best in our experience. Our 2 ha field is full of Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and this year was sprouting by mid-May. It is a perennial and its roots over-winter. The damp spring helped growth and by the time [...] Read more

Destruction of a Pine Forest

Over the winter 2018-19, one of the few remaining pine forests on the Annapolis Valley floor was clear cut of every tree standing. The image below shows how there is no forest left at all (click on the photo for a larger image). The area is shown in the aerial photo from Google Earth below before it was cut. The blue in the aerial images is the [...] Read more

2018 Report Monarch Butterflies, Brooklyn Corner, N.S.

The first Monarch butterfly probably visited our milkweed field around June 12, 2018 and layed at least one egg. We found the caterpillar of that egg after we saw two Monarchs arrive on 3 July 2018. Within a week we had about 10 Monarchs resident in the field. After that collection of eggs and larvae begain and we established our feeding and [...] Read more

2017 Monarch Season Annapolis Valley

Monarchs were first seen in Nova Scotia in mid-June and arrived in Brooklyn Corner late in the month. We had four in the milkweed field on the 3rd of July and collected our first eggs on the 4th. In the following months we raised 187 adlult Monachs from egg and larvae found in the field. We again tagged 50 of those butterflies hoping some make it [...] Read more

Report of Monarch Butterflies raised in 2016

The success of any one year for rearing adult Monarch butterflies very much depends on the arrival of adult female Monarchs from the south and to have them lay eggs in our milkweed patch. In 2015 we had one female visit but this year we had two females arrive and on 12 July. There may have been a third female join them later. A male Monarch had [...] Read more

eButterfly and Mission Monarch

eButterfly is a website to post observations of butterflies. It was used during the Maritime Butterfly Atlas to collect observations from field observers. Now eButterfly is partnering with several other butterfly conservation groups to create a site called Mission Monarch to report observations of Monarch butterfly progress during the summer [...] Read more

Milkweed Information

I have found a couple of excellent articles that provide valuable information on milkweeds, their value, growth and propagation and on Common Milkweed physiology. These are both in the form of pdf files. Milkweeds - A Conservation Practitioner's Guide by Borders and Lee-Mader (Xerces Society 2014) - A comprehesive presentation of milkweed, the [...] Read more

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