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Around October every year, a great orange migration of monarch butterflies moves from all over the United States east of the Rocky Mountains to the oyamel fir forests in central Mexico. Arrianne Byrum, public programs coordinator for the Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes, visits Sounds Good to discuss this vividly colored species and how to witness their annual journey southward. 

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The Monarch population has rapidly declined in the last 10 years and naturalists are urging people to plant more milkweed and pesticide free nectar plants, which comprise a butterfly waystation. Former president of the Kentucky Garden Association Joanna Kirby calls the Monarch the 'canary in the coal mine' indicating a problem in the environment. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about her monarch waystation efforts and the dedication of three in Paducah and Mayfield this weekend.

Drought affecting butterfly population in W. Ky.

Sep 17, 2012
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A naturalist at Audubon State Park in Henderson is noticing another effect of the high heat and drought that has plagued western Kentucky, a dearth of monarch butterflies.  Julie McDonald says the butterflies are usually migrating through the area to Mexico by now, but she hasn't seen any yet.