Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Monarchs Rising

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Monarchs Rising

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Population numbers for the iconic monarch butterfly have been steadily dwindling, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) provides some cause for celebration with its recent monarch updates. In February, the agency released new information about the most recent monarch migration, showing marked improvements in monarch populations. There is still a long way to go to restore the species to its former glory, but with ongoing commitment from our park and recreation agencies, schools and neighborhood backyards to provide monarchs with friendly places to rest and replicate, the positive trends are bound to continue. Below, find some of the highlights of the USFWS report.


Percentage increase in monarch populations overwintering in Mexico-based habitats in 2015-20 16.


Percentage by which monarch butterfly populations have decreased since peak populations were recorded in the mid-1990s.


Stages the monarch butterfly goes through during its time overwintering in Mexico: arrival, the establishment of overwintering colonies, colony movement and spring dispersal. …

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