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The Monarch Butterfly’s Spring Migration

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The time is approaching for eastern Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) to return to the U.S. east coast from their wintering grounds in Mexico: a more beautiful visitor is hard to imagine. Though the population of the Monarch has declined significantly in recent years, a decline linked to several changes in the butterfly’s environment, the MB is not yet listed as endangered. Fortunately, several organizations are at work trying to protect the butterflies; RT offers links to a couple of them, Monarch Watch and Monarch Butterfly Fund. As is so often the case, the status of the most vulnerable members of a community is a good indicator of the community’s overall health.   RT

Photograph: A Monarch Butterfly on a Purple Coneflower (2007). Author: Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man). WikiCmns; License: GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 only. This image was selected as picture of the day on English Wikipedia, August 27, 2008.

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  1. April 9, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Wonderful!

  2. April 9, 2014 at 3:05 am

    I should say the photo is wonderful, the decline is monarch pops is not. We have tons at The Holler and lots of flowers for feasting~

    • April 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      ck: it may be that on the east coast we will have to set aside butterfly preserves for the MB, places close to the cities where things like milkweed can thrive…which is all to the good, since it might also mean a reduction in the use of pesticides… RT

    • April 14, 2014 at 4:21 am

      ck: sorry for the delay in replying…much stuff (mostly good) is going on here. it *is* unsettling to here about the monarch’s decline…vigilance is needed if this and other treasures are not soon to disappear…hope all is well! RT

  3. April 9, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Reblogged this on Higher Density Blog.

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