Posted by: atowhee | January 29, 2014


The North American monarch butterfly has reached an all-time low in population according to this year’s census in Mexico where much of the population winters.
You can guess the main causes: the usual double-whammy of human action, habitat destruction and use of toxic chemicals. It’s like a globalization of West Virginia’s approach to the environment.
There are groves in California that are used by wintering monarchs. Here’s summary of what’s happened there this year: Fremont’s population left during cold snap. The count at Pacific Grove was over 11,000.
Bring back the milkweed!


  1. This info on the Monarch losing habitat and milkweed was even on the news tonight with Brain Williams.

  2. Reblogged this on Pete's Favourite Things and commented:
    Having just posted about our experiences with going to pacific Grove to see the Monarchs it was disappointing to see this news

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