Obama reveals plan to save Monarch Butterflies from extinction

Two million dollars are targeted to grow milkweed and other food plants along the Monarch's migration route.  Read more.

An official petition has been launched to have Monarchs classified as an endangered species.

Increase in winter population

"The number of monarchs overwintering in Mexico has increased from last year's record low but the population remains 80% below the historic average.

This year's population contains 57 million monarchs compared to a long-term average of 300 million and a peak of 1 billion. The clustering butterflies cover less than 3 acres of forest compared to a peak of 51 acres in 1996 and an average of 15 acres.

Half of this year's butterflies are residing in only one of the 12 traditional sites, the El Rosario sanctuary."  Source.

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