Presence of monarch butterflies increases in Mexico

STORY: Monarch butterflies have grown their presence in Mexico

a study shows

It gives hope to researchers who track the critically endangered insects

despite a decades-long population collapse

due to climate change, deforestation and loss of native plants

JORGE RICKARDS, DIRECTOR OF MEXICO’S WORLD WILDLIFE FUND, SAYING:

“Mexico has managed to preserve the core zone forest of the butterfly, this is a crucial part. And second, there has been a significant increase in pollinator gardens through the work of civil society organizations, the government, and the support of some companies, in such a way that there has been a strategy implementation so two important factors were recognized from the Mexican side, it’s essential to preserve the forests where butterflies spend the winter in the sanctuary. And two, we need to have appropriate conditions during the migratory journey.”

Biologists recorded the species' existence in 7.02 acres of Mexican forest in 2021

up from 5.19 acres in 2020

Source: World Wildlife Fund

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