The fact that the festival takes place in San Antonio has only added to its momentum, considering that the city was named the first official “Monarch Champion City” in the U.S.
Move over, San Antonio.
Conditions are ideal for Monarch butterflies in Texas this fall, but a freak spring ice storm at their ancestral roost in Mexico has migration forecasters calling for a setback in their population numbers.
The San Antonio River's South Channel is finally getting some much-needed attention. In the past three months, the 1.5-mile stretch of the river that winds through the historic King William neighborhood from West Nueva Street to South Alamo, has seen the removal of invasive species, the first planting of three pollinator gardens, and a long overdue clean-up of rotting detritus that had occupied the river for almost a year.
While San Antonio embraces Monarch butterfly mania and its status as the National Wildlife Federation's first and only Monarch Champion city in the country, our neighbors to the south are considering allowing Mexico's largest mining company with the country's worst environmental record to reopen an old copper mine in the heart of the migrating insects' ancestral roosting sites.
When San Antonio became the first Monarch Butterfly Champion City in December, people in the conservation community outside the city limits took notice.
The University of Texas at San Antonio has joined a growing coalition of local institutions dedicated to helping the city fulfill its role as a Monarch Champion City.
David Romero's connection with the Monarch butterfly runs deep.
If you haven't visited the San Antonio Zoo in a while, this weekend's Monarch Fest offers a good reason to do so.
Bexar County Commissioners' Court reinforced San Antonio's status as the only Monarch Butterfly Champion City in the country Tuesday by issuing a proclamation pledging to work alongside the city and its partners on the National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Mayor's Monarch Pledge to increase pollinator habitat.