The monarch butterfly population has declined by 90% in the last twenty years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is performing a scientific review to determine whether it should be placed on the endangered species list. Per the article:

 

Over the past 20 years, North America’s population of monarch butterflies has declined by a catastrophic 90 percent, a plight that may be caused by pesticides and loss of the once-vast acres of wild milkweed that are the creatures’ food source....On Dec. 29, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it is launching a scientific review to determine whether the monarch butterfly should be protected by law under the Endangered Species Act....The law not only bans the killing [of] designated species or harming it in other ways, but it also requires federal officials to work with state and local agencies to come up with a recovery plan for restoring its numbers. Additionally, the federal government can protect habitat that’s critical to the species.

 

http://news.discovery.com/animals/monarch-butterfly-may-join-endang...

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Thank you John for posting the latest news on Wildlife. We must think about how to conserve wildlife for future generations.

I blame the decline on "road kill". I know I've hit migrating monarchs and feel awful. They have to cross so many highways to reach their destination. 

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