The Monarch Abundance Roller-Coaster- part 2

Guest Post By Jim Steele To be published in the Pacifica Tribune February 2020 What’s Natural Indeed, some Monarch populations have declined in recent decades. However, the species as a whole is not endangered. Monarchs experience booms and busts as do many insects. So, we still need to determine if recent population declines are part…

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Saving Our Monarch Butterflies, part 1

Guest post by Jim Steele published in the Pacifica Tribune January 28, 2020 What’s Natural With their clownishly colored caterpillars and bold black and orange adults, monarch butterflies get featured in most children’s nature books. Monarch’s ability to migrate thousands of miles, is one of nature’s greatest wonders. But worrisomely, monarch abundance plummeted by 90%…

Protecting monarch butterflies’ winter home could mean moving hundreds of trees

From Nature Researchers are trying to shift Mexico’s oyamel firs to higher elevations to help them weather warming temperatures. Monarch butterflies alight on a tree in their wintering grounds in Mexico.Credit: JHVEPhoto/Alamy To save dwindling populations of Eastern monarch butterflies, researchers in Mexico are trying something controversial: moving hundreds of fir trees 400 metres up…

Claim: We’re losing monarchs fast—here’s why

From National Geographic A new study finds that monarch wings are getting larger, possibly because climate change has forced the butterflies to travel longer distances as breeding grounds shift farther north. It’s not too late to save them, but it’s a question of whether we make the effort, scientists say. 6 Minute Read By Carrie…