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Monarchs are Moving North and You Can Chart Their Progress

Not only are hummingbirds inching closer to Illinois, but the great monarch butterfly migration is in full swing and they're also making some incredible progress toward the area.

Thanks to a map from Journey North, you can see where the monarchs currently are based on sightings reported by citizen scientists.

The latest data shows they've made it as far north as Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

According to Journey North, the butterflies made significant progress last week thanks to strong winds that blew northward from Texas for five days. 

Monarchs are known to glide on favorable wind conditions, and normally can fly at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. This allows them to travel anywhere from 40 to 100 miles per day during their predictable migration paths.

According to last year's map, the first monarch was spotted in the area on April 18.


Do you want to get in on the reporting action? It's simple and can be accomplished directly through the Journey North site.

For now, while you're waiting for them to arrive, here's something amazing to check out: The amazing monarch metamorphosis condensed into a matter of seconds.


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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead


Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock


The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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Skip the Stink: How to Keep Stink Bugs at Bay


Winter is stink bug season, at least indoors. If you are finding these bugs around your house, don't squish them or step on them unless you're prepared for their noxious odor. Instead, your best bet is to prevent them from getting inside your house in the first place.

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