Monarch Butterflies are now officially endangered

Posted by John Marshall on

 Image by Bill Barlow from Pixabay

Fox News, among many other outlets, posted that the Monarch butterfly is now officially on the endangered species list. "The International Union for the Conservation of Nature added the migrating monarch butterfly for the first time to its 'red list' of threatened species and categorized it as 'endangered' — two steps from extinct."

"The group estimates that the population of monarch butterflies in North America has declined between 22% and 72% over 10 years, depending on the measurement method." That wide discrepancy, of course, makes me wonder about the measurement methods. There's the old saying, "Lies, damned lies, and statistics" attributed by Mark Twain to Disraeli. Nevertheless, no one wants to intentionally harm those beautiful creatures. I feel badly when I scrape butterflies from my grill.

Anyway, here's what you need to know about the endangered Monarch.

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