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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 22 November 2015

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 The whole web of life is being distorted by the  changing character of the seasons on and around the the vastness of the North Pacific Ocean.

 The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is a significant element in the complex relationship of the North Pacific Ocean weather patterns with the North American continent.

 The relationship between North Pacific weather patterns and the High Sierra is vitally important for the vast overlapping webs of social and natural life depending on bountiful and predictable weather patterns.
These predictable and bountiful resources no longer exist on their own, in Nature, nor in the context of the vast populations to overwhelm Nature that we have spawned.

We have overwhelmed Nature and its resources fundamentally and on its face..

This overlap has proven destructive for the natural web of life, butterflies especially.

Our local changes are linked to broader regional changes in wind direction and temperatures that influence all Natural living things near and far, and especially the butterflies who travel so far.

Our favorite source for fundamental information, insight, and references about High Sierra butterflies is Doc Shapiro's website for his multi-decade project of studying Sierra Butterflys.
Below we collect and store butterfly news and information we encounter in the popular and science press.

Please post up any butterfly news you encounter!



November 12 


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European network of protected areas, 'Natura 2000', has not yet been able to stop the decline of butterflies in Germany

Fallen through the net?
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, December 12, 2018.



November 9, 2018


Long Disaster tied to Glyphosate & Climate Disrupting Milkweed

Florida Monarch Butterflies dropped 80 percent since 2005




June 25, 2018



Segment of Western Monarch Migration Measured

Long Fliers: One Generation's Part?




 April 3


Monarch Survival Strategies

Dependent on Climate-Controlled Chemical Connection




High Sierra Butterfly Status, 2016

Setting the Scene

Doc Shapiro's Butterfly Report, 2016, PDF,
"It was a terrible year in the Sierra, marked by low numbers of both species and
individuals everywhere, with many things either not seen at all or in drastically-
reduced numbers." 

"...the Sierra, where the butterfly fauna is in free fall. And we can’t blame that free fall on habitat change, or pesticides. It HAS to be climate- (or at least weather-) driven."



September 8, 2017

Bye Bye Butterfly

Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America,
WSU, September 7, 2017.




March 14, 2017

Butterfly Mystery
Report: Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declines,



Research into extreme weather effects may  explain recent butterfly decline,
 University of East Anglia, October 30,  2016.

Monarch butterflies fluttering back to Orange County, but populations struggle,
Oct 31, 2015, OC Register.  

Beyond Honeybees: Now Wild Bees and Butterflies May Be in Trouble,
Wired, May 6, 2014


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Doc Shapiro's website

About Doc Shapiro, his research.

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