Good News Monday: A Rise in Monarchs

Butterflies, that is.  Although current interest in The Crown television series may indicate increased popularity for the current Queen as well.

Back to the winged kind.  The World Wildlife Fund reports that the forest area where monarch butterflies hibernate during their annual migration — leaving the US and Canada to spend the winter in Mexico — has more than doubled, the largest increase in 12 years.

To help improve the butterflies’ chance of survival along their migratory route, conservation efforts include planting milkweed in the US — it’s the only plant where monarchs lay their eggs — and establishing flower gardens in Mexico to provide them with nectar.  What a sweet homecoming!

brown black white butterfly on green leaf plant

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

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