Sunday, February 2, 2014

All-Time Low Monarch Butterfly Migration to Mexico

'GMO, Herbicide-Tolerant Crops' identified as one of likely causes of butterfly declines.

Activist Post

Monarch butterfly experts including the University of Minnesota’s Karen Oberhauser are calling on leaders in Canada, the United States and Mexico to agree on a plan to take immediate action to conserve monarch migration. The leaders will gather at the North American Leaders’ Summit Feb. 19 in Mexico.

The urgent plea came today (Wednesday, Jan. 29) during a press conference in Mexico announcing that the number of monarch butterflies hibernating in Mexico reached an all-time low in 2013.

"Mexico, the United States and Canada must undertake cooperative conservation efforts to ensure that sufficient high quality habitat is available on the monarchs’ wintering grounds and sufficient breeding and migration habitat is available in all three countries to maintain, and ideally enhance, North American monarch populations," Oberhauser said.