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Friday, March 1st, 2024

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Friday, March 1st, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Number of monarch butterflies at their Mexico wintering sites has plummeted this year

Drought, severe weather and loss of habitat north of the border — especially of the milkweed where the monarchs lay their eggs — as well as pesticide and herbicide use all pose threats to the species' migration. (Stock photo courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish)
The number of monarch butterflies at their wintering areas in Mexico dropped by 59% this year to the second lowest level since record keeping began, experts said Wednesday, blaming heat, drought and loss of habitat. The butterflies' migration from Canada and the United States to Mexico and back again is considered a marvel of nature. No single butterfly lives to complete the entire journey.
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