Western monarch populations grew over 100-fold in 2021

August 17, 2022
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On a brisk December day in Pacific Grove, California, 10,000 monarch butterflies hang in the crown of a Monterey pine. Where the branches cast shade, they huddle body-to-body in thick brown clusters, wings folded. But where the light touches, the boughs are bejeweled with splashes of orange. Warming monarchs flap languidly, some flitting among the trees or fluttering down to the ground. Whenever the sun shifts, the air is busy with wings.

Last year at this time, there were no monarchs here at all. In fact, there are five times more butterflies in this tiny park right now than were counted in all of California in 2020.

Story Source: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/western-monarch-population-growth-2021/?utm_campaign=nova&utm_content=1656374605&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

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