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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly:

Facing the Threat of Extinction


Habitat destruction caused by humans has caused a serious threat to the monarch butterfly.  According to Monarch Watch, who is dedicated to education, conservation and research (who also created The Monarch Project in 1984) the population of monarchs are more vulnerable than ever in their overwintering sites.

On their website they discuss that Eastern Monarchs migrate only to the Transvolcanic Mountains in mexico, where there are only eleven to fourteen know sites each year.  Each site is a few hectares in size and contains millions of Monarch butterflies.  This combination – a high concentration of individuals in a only few small sites – makes the possibility of habitat destruction in Mexico very serious.  It also states that the oyamel tree (on which the Monarchs cluster) are valuable lumber sources that many local people – the ejidatarios who own the land – depend upon for income.



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Monarch Butterfly: Courtesy of www.butterflypictures.net