As monarch butterflies make their way south through Texas and into Mexico, the third annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival kicks off Friday.
Based on robust activity in the monarchs' primary Midwestern breeding grounds, one monarch expert predicted "the migration should be the strongest since 2008."
Monarch butterflies will be beginning their migration soon, but in the meantime, another orange-and-black butterfly has arrived in droves.
Larger implications about the pesticide's effect on the 1.6 million Mexican free-tailed bats that visit there each summer remain unclear.
Experts and legislators discussed the decline of monarch butterfly and bee populations in Texas.
SAISD teacher Chéri Tondre and her students have converted a Bermuda grass-infested expanse into a Monarch butterfly and pollinator garden.
Those tracking monarch butterflies' migration through Texas to Canada this year will see nearly 15 percent fewer butterflies start the long journey.
Environmental concerns are the principal threat to the Monarch butterfly's ability to thrive.
This year's festival examines the intersection of politics and pollinators while also including fun and educational events featuring Monarch butterflies.
The Rivard Report welcomed Beth Frerking to the position of editor-in-chief on Monday as co-founder Robert Rivard transitioned to the role of publisher.