VWS Monarch Update, 2018

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:46 am

Today is El Dia de los Muertos

Monarch Butterflies Roosting in Mexico | Vermont Woods Studios | Sustainable Furniture

I thought today would be a good day to update you on our VWS monarch conservation efforts. Every year, with an uncanny sense of timing, monarch butterflies complete their epic migration and arrive in Mexico on November 1st. Read More

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Are Monarchs Making a Comeback?

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:47 am

Monarchs Making a Comeback | Milkweed | Vermont Woods Studios
Two monarch butterflies taking nectar from the blossoms of a common milkweed plant. Thanks to Martin Langeveld who took this recent photo on Meadow Road in Vernon, VT. Are monarchs making a comeback in your neighborhood?

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The Hands That Hold the Future

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Monarch Butterfly Workshop at Nature Camp in Hinesburg, Vermont
Eileen Ashe invited me to teach about monarchs at Nature Camp, sponsored by the United Church of Hinesburg, VT last week. Students made seed balls out of potting soil, clay and water.  We put milkweed and flower seeds in each ball and rolled them into sunny meadows where they’ll grow to produce habitat & food for monarchs next year.

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Monarchs Are Rebounding & So Are We

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Monarchs Rebounding | 2017 | Vermont Woods Studios
We’ve seen dozens of monarchs this year at our Stonehurst showroom in Vernon, Vermont.  It’s exciting because last year we saw only a handful. On this World Nature Conservation Day it’s nice to report that things are on the upswing.

It’s Working!

Nature nuts and monarch lovers: your hard work of planting milkweed & nectar flowers is paying off.  Butterfly populations seem to be bouncing back this year after decades of decline.  It’s too soon to declare victory but many encouraging signs are out there.  We’ll have to wait for the official reports from Monarch Joint Venture but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
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2016 Monarch Butterfly Tour: A Trip Report

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:41 am

International Save the Monarchs Team
Our international team of collaborators, working to conserve monarch habitat in Mexico, the USA & Canada. From left: Peggy Farabaugh of Vermont Woods Studios, John Hayden of The Farm Between, Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension Specialist, Jose Luis Alvarez of Forests for Monarchs, Francois Simard of Industries Encore 3 & Roger Rainville of BorderView Farm.

Monarch Habitat Restoration in the USA, Mexico & Canada

Last week Mexican monarch butterfly conservationist, Jose Luis Alvarez & Canadian entrepreneur, Francois Simard joined Megan & me for our Save the Monarch Butterfly tour of New England. We stopped at 8 venues from Boston to Philadelphia, and then wrapped it up with a visit to monarch researcher, Dr Lincoln Brower in Virginia.

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Hell No, We Won’t Mow!

Last updated on November 18th, 2018 at 08:31 pm

"Hell No, We Won't Mow"
A monarch butterfly on it’s favorite source of food and habitat. Please join our “Hell No, We Won’t Mow” campaign and ask your local road crews if there are areas where mowing can be delayed until October. Photo by Elizabeth Howard, founder of Journey North.

7 Ways You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies From Extinction

Frequent flyers on this blog are well schooled on the plight of the beautiful monarch butterfly.  Over the last couple decades the population has declined by over 90% leaving the monarch in imminent danger of extinction.  Once a billion butterflies strong, there are now only about 50 million and the need to conserve their habitat is urgent.  The good news is that, with your help and a little cooperation from Mother Nature, it may not be too late.  Here are 7 things you can do to help the monarch make an epic comeback in 2016-2017:

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Vermont Woods Studios Raises Monarch Butterflies

Last updated on March 31st, 2017 at 02:48 pm

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Can you spot all four caterpillars in this photo? These are just some of the little guys we’ve adopted this summer.

From barely noticeable caterpillar to one of nature’s most beautiful creatures.

Monarch Butterflies have long been a popular and famous insect. Their image is used everywhere from GMO free food labels to makeup ads. And, just a couple of months ago President Obama met with the Canadian Prime Minister and Mexican President to discuss how these three countries can save the monarch. With seven states including Vermont calling it their state insect, it’s a wonder how we’ve let the monarch butterfly population reach the endangered zone.

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3 Amigos & A Butterfly

Last updated on November 15th, 2016 at 08:22 pm

Save the Monarchs Tour

One of the monarchs we raised at Vermont Woods Studios last summer.
The monarch butterfly brought Jose Luis Alvarez, Francois Simard and me together in our efforts to help save it from extinction.

Can 3 World Leaders & 3 Small Businesses Save the Monarch Butterfly?

Last month President Obama met with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss climate change and how our three countries can save essential pollinators from extinction.  Independent of that meeting, another Mexican, a Canadian and an American were working on the same thing.  Jose Luis Alvarez, Francois Simard and I somehow connected because we all love nature and believe that small businesses can & should have a positive effect on the world around us.  The part of nature we’re focused on is the beautiful (and endangered) monarch butterfly.

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Save The Monarchs Tour with Jose Luis Alvarez

Last updated on March 31st, 2017 at 04:02 pm

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Mark Your Calendars! We’re Bringing Monarch Habitat Expert Jose Luis Alvarez to the North East this Summer! Save The Monarchs Tour Sponsored by Vermont Woods Studios & DJ Agnew.

A few months ago, our Founder and CEO, Peggy Farabaugh, wrote a blog post about how our small Vermont furniture business is connected to a Monarch Butterfly habitat restoration organization in Mexico. Well, today Peggy and I are very excited to announce that the Save The Monarch Tour with Jose Luis Alvarez is happening this August and September.

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How To Plant Milkweed for Monarchs

Last updated on October 23rd, 2018 at 03:11 pm

This is part of a series of posts on our Monarch Butterfly Restoration Project.

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed
A monarch butterfly on it’s favorite source of food and habitat. Learn how to plant milkweed &  save the monarch from extinction.  Photo by Elizabeth Howard, founder of Journey North.

Calling all nature nuts and monarch butterfly enthusiasts!  You can help save the beautiful orange & black monarch butterfly from extinction.  It’s easy and you can do it no matter where you live, whether that’s a Manhattan apartment, a suburban ranch or an organic horse farm in Vermont.

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