Dom

Dom Sinicropi is a retired Ph.D. research scientist living in Pacific Grove, CA since February, 2018. Since moving to Pacific Grove, Dom has become actively involved in efforts to restore monarch butterfly habitat in the Monterey Peninsula.

Microclimate conditions at the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary

Last year, in August, 2020, a weather station was installed in the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary to assess the microclimate and it’s suitability for overwintering monarchs.  This first report on the first six months of data collected from the weather station were a resounding success.  These data will provide a rational basis for planning future …

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Update on the Monarch Butterflies at the Pacific Grove Sanctuary

This post was authored by Clemencia Macias State of affairs The Monarch Butterfly migration to the PG Sanctuary from October 2020 to March 2021 has been a total catastrophe. Unfortunately, no Monarchs clustered and overwintered at our dear Sanctuary.  Only a few monarchs were spotted in the Sanctuary, a few days only, in the low …

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Record low number of monarchs overwintering in Coastal California in 2020

The number of monarchs overwintering throughout coastal California this fall/winter has set new record lows.  The number of monarchs for the annual Thanksgiving count in the Pacific Grove Sanctuary has been particularly dismal: zero.  However, a few monarchs (total 4) have been spotted in recent mid-afternoons by yours truly.  However, the number is way fewer …

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Leave the leaves!

Leave the leaves! As the weather (finally) turns colder on the Central Coast we are faced with the annual question: What should we do with all that leaf and stick litter?  If your priority is to protect the habitat for monarchs and other pollinators the answer may surprise you!  Here are some helpful tips courtesy …

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The Vanishing Butterfly Groves of California

January 27, 2020 Emma Pelton of the Xerces Society released a statement today about the urgent need for action to reverse the loss of critical monarch overwintering sites along the California coast.  The complete article can be found here on the Xerces website: https://xerces.org/blog/vanishing-butterfly-groves-of-california Ms. Pelton emphasizes the vital role that California’s overwintering sites have …

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Effects of neonicitinoid insecticides on Western monarchs

Dr. David G. James of Washington State University gave a presentation on the effects of widespread use of neonicitinoid insecticides (neonics) on monarch butterflies and other invertebrate species at the 2020 Western Monarch Summit, held January 10 – 12, 2020.  Neonics are currently the most widely used pesticides in the world.  Neonics were developed in …

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Top 5 Actions to Save Western Monarchs

Coincident with their release of the Thanksgiving Count data on January 23, 2020, the Xerces Society released a report entitled “Western Monarchs in Crisis” which you can read in its entirety at the following link: https://xerces.org/western-monarch-call-to-action The report begins with a summary of the current crisis and factors that have contributed to the historic decline …

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