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Volume 3   April 1, 2011

After big drop in 2010, monarchs make comeback
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Deforestation is destroying the Monarch butterfly populations.

Last year, the numbers of Monarchs migrating from the U.S. to Mexico dropped by 75%. It was a new historic low. 

This year, the butterflies' numbers have increased. The wintering Monarch colonies covered a total of
9.9 acres of forest. Scientists say this is a hopeful sign -- last year it was 4.7 acres.

But scientists remain very concerned about the monarchs' long-term survival. Wintering
Monarchs need trees for shelter. Often, entire trees are covered with butterflies.

But in the Mexican state of Michoacan, the clear-cutting of mountaintop pine forests is destroying the Monarch's habitat.  The mountain top forests serve as blankets to protect Monarchs against winter rain and cold.

Cedar Tree Institute

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2008 2010 Highlights

  • 58,000 native seeds distributed to local citizens and gardeners
  • 18 butterfly houses built
  • 36 bee shelters constructed
  • 1,197 mushroom plugs planted in oak logs
  • 1870 milkweed seeds distributed
  • 28 research projects completed
  • 53 cubic yards of invasive plants removed (garlic mustard, purple loosestrife)
  • 273 guest meals prepared and served to community members

United States Forest Service

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