In recent days On dplex-list, Jim Ellis and Don Davis in Ontario, Denny Brooks in Michigan and Lincoln Brower in Virginia have been lamenting the lack of monarchs. However, there is one area of the country where monarchs are abundant. That area, ironically, is the GMO crop farmland of the upper Midwest.
On Aug. 29-31 I visited the GMO farmland of south-central Minnesota and found lots of monarchs nectaring on the flowers that grow next to the GMO crop monocultures:
Gibbon, Minnesota nectaring next to GMO soybeans:http://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/j ... 1315010450
Near Fairfax, Minnesota nectaring next to GMO corn:http://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/j ... 1315011097
Bird Island, Minnesota nectaring in a small alfalfa field that is surrounded by GMO corn and soybeans:http://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/j ... 1315011482
I also found many evening cluster sites containing 400-1000 monarchs in the small farm towns that are surrounded by GMO crops - that's many more monarchs than have been reported elsewhere in the USA and Canada this year:
Gaylord, Minnesota roost of 1,000 monarchs of Aug. 31:http://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/j ... 1314998894
Near Gibbon, Minnesota roost of 400 monarchs on Aug. 31:http://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/j ... 1314999558
Fairfax, Minnesota roost of 600 monarchs on Aug. 30:http://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/j ... 1315000063
Bird Island, Minnesota roost of 700 monarchs on Aug. 29: (300 of which were in nearby trees not shown in the video):http://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/j ... 1315000511
Danube, Minnesota roost of 400 monarchs on Aug. 29:http://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/j ... 1315000935
These videos provide an eye witness account of how monarchs are actually more abundant on the GMO farmlands of the upper Midwest in late this August than anywhere else in the country. This is exactly the opposite of what many media articles have led the public to believe about the GMO farmland. Examples:
GMOs killing off Monarch butterflies, report findshttp://www.naturalnews.com/033170_GMOs_butterflies.html
GM crops decimating monarch butterflies habitathttp://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/j ... abitat.php
"It kills everything. It’s biodiversity Armageddon," says Brower.