Study: The Threat Facing Monarch Butterflies

by Karl Utermohlen | September 10, 2013 12:12 pm

Study: The Threat Facing Monarch Butterflies

A recent study shows that small-scale logging in Mexico could be endangering Monarch butterflies.

The Associated Press reports that the World Wildlife Fund’s study[1] showed that these butterflies tend to migrate from the U.S. and Canada in the winter to find refuge and warmth in a reserve in central Mexico. The reserve is 33,482 acres big and it has lost 41 acres of pine and fir trees this year alone due to illegal logging.

Mexico’s government has been fighting illegal logging to protect Monarch butterflies but aerial photos from the study revealed that small-scale logging is still a serious problem. The head of Mexico’s chapter of WWF said that people who live in these communities need to be fined more for illegal logging and rewarded more for protecting these trees.

Monarch butterflies aren’t the only species losing numbers recently as a mysterious rise in dolphin deaths in the U.S.[2] has many concerned.

Endnotes:
  1. The Associated Press reports that the World Wildlife Fund’s study: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_MEXICO_MONARCH_BUTTERFLIES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-09-09-17-59-17
  2. a mysterious rise in dolphin deaths in the U.S.: http://investorplace.com/2013/08/u-s-investigating-mysterious-rise-in-dolphin-deaths/

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