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The Monarchs are disappearing…

A sad environmental story this morning in the national news. Man may well turn out to be the undoing of the majestic Monarch Butterfly.

According to the Associated Press, the migration of Monarchs to Mexico is at its lowest point since 1993, prompting some “… leading experts to announce Wednesday that the insects’ annual migration from the United States and Canada is in danger of disappearing.” (Google “Associated Press”, “Monarch Butterflies”, “migration.”)

Monarchs may look like a mass of beauty here, but their numbers are dwindling fast.

Monarchs may look like a mass of beauty here, but their numbers are dwindling fast.

This year, the butterflies covered  just over 1.5 acres of land vs. the zenith of Monarch colony coverage in 1995: more than 44 acres of beautiful black and orange winged creatures.

It seems our land use/abuse has deprived the Monarch of it’s primary food source, the lowly milkweed plant. We’ve displaced it with more corn, more plants, more homes, more roads, more houses, et al. When I lived in Iowa and Nebraska, milkweeds were a staple along dusty country roads. I distinctly remember Monarch ‘enclosures’ attached to the plants. I thought it was cool then, and I think it’s cool now.

But this is yet more distressing news of man’s incursion or cruelty or apathy toward other life forms that don’t contribute to our economic bottom line or are simply in the way of our ‘progress.’ The Monarchs are only trying to flit here and there to survive. Today’s news story ought to be a wake up call, although given our response of late to the environment, apparently too few will hear it.

About Dave Bradley (254 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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