Monarch Butterflies in the News
Monarch Butterflies are often in the news. Here’s a time capsule of Monarch Butterfly facts that have made headlines in the past twenty years.
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How were these headlines chosen? Often several news sites report the same event; when comparisons were possible we’ve chosen the links to what seemed to be the most complete and best illustrated reports.
The most common headlines for butterfly news stories report that local population counts are higher or lower than last year’s. One scientist’s blog complained that these reports were blurring the “big picture" of Monarch Butterfly populations decreasing. While fluctuations among California and Mexico butterfly grove counts have led to studies confirming that Eastern and Western Monarch Butterflies may meet during migration, and population increases at specific hibernation sites are good news for local tourism, overall the population of Danaus plexippusis still much lower than it was in the twentieth century. Only a small sampling of local population reports is given below. Typing “monarch butterfly news" and a year into a search engine will pull up many more. As you may already know, many news sites, including ScienceMag and WashingtonPost, will display only a few articles before demanding that you subscribe to the newspaper or magazine.
In California news, the city of Goleta has reopened the popular Ellwood Mesa Monarch Butterfly Grove Park to the public, while warning that some of the eucalyptus trees could still become hazards on the hiking trail. For status updates, “butterfly tourists" should visit www.cityofgoleta.org.
US Fish & Wildlife Service Urges Americans to Plant Monarch Butterfly Gardens
Illinois Monarch Butterflies Win “Candidate Conservation Agreement"
Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Count Remains Low
Eastern Monarch Butterfly Count Decreases by 53%
Two Monarch Butterfly Conservationists Found Dead in Mexico
Migrating Monarch Butterflies May Meet
Goleta’s Ellwood Mesa Monarch Butterfly Grove Park Reopens
Arizona Volunteers Plant Milkweed
Casualties of Monarch Butterfly Migration at Lake Michigan
Eastern Monarch Butterfly Populations High in Fall 2019
Cage-Reared Monarch Butterflies May Fail to Migrate
Monarch Butterfly from Minnesota Found in Mexico
California Monarch Butterfly Population Decreased by 86%, 2017-2019
Migrating Monarchs Face Increased Risk of Parasitic Infections
Monarch Butterfly Expert Dies, Age 86
Researchers Learn How Carbon Dioxide Threatens Monarch Butterflies
Florida Monarch Butterfly Count Declined 80%, 2005-2018
Monarch Butterflies Migrate Late in 2017
Groups Demand Federal Money to Save Monarch Butterflies
San Antonio Commits to Help Monarch Butterflies
Study Blames “Roundup" (Glyphosate) for Monarch Butterfly Deaths
Estimated 1.5 Million Monarch Butterflies Killed by Ice Storm in Michoacán
Monarch Butterfly Population in Mexico Resurges After Declines
Tropical Milkweed Increases Infection Risk for Monarch Butterflies
975 Million Butterflies Have Vanished
Laura Bush Announces Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan
Monarch Butterflies Use Magnetic Compass to Migrate
Surveyed Citizens Say US Should Spend 5-6 Billion Dollars to Protect Monarch Butterflies
US, Canadian, and Mexican Leaders Agree to Form Working Group to Conserve Monarch Butterflies
Monarch Butterfly Population Hit Record Low
Temperatures Prompt Northward Migration of Monarch Butterflies
If Ladybird Beetles Aren’t Eating Them, You Can Kill Milkweed Aphids Without Killing Monarch Butterfly Eggs
Flight of the Butterflies Movie Released
Drought Threatens Midwestern Monarch Butterflies
Weather Complicates Monarch Butterflies’ Migration Through Texas
Monarch Butterflies Learn Color Cues to Find Food
Monarch Butterflies Suffer Population Losses
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Caterpillars Going on Space Mission
Provides Safety Net for Monarch Butterflies
Stemming the Decline of Monarchs
Habitat Destruction May Wipe Out Monarch Butterfly Migration
Monarch Butterflies to Be Protected From Illegal Logging
Loggers Invaded Butterfly Haven, Photos Show
Million Dollar Scheme to Save Mexico's Butterflies
Monarch butterfly protection failing, expert says
Vows to Protect Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Population Largest Watchers have seen in 10 Years
Change May Endanger Monarchs
Climate May Leave Wintering Monarchs Out in the Cold
Monarchs Make Their Way to Mexico
Monarch Butterflies Suffer Population Losses
Climate Change Linked To Monarch Butterflies Emerging Earlier
Monarch butterfly numbers are so low that a couple of bad storms or freezing weather at the wrong time could wipe them out, groups contend.
3 countries are participating in summits to protect monarchs declining populations of 1 billion to 33 million winter of 2013.
Butterfly News Reports in Spanish
Sometimes news about Monarch Butterfly tourism, festivals, and events at the Reserva de la Biosfera Mariposa Monarca (Biosphere Reserve) is published in US-based newspapers, in English. More news is available in Spanish language newspapers and news sites based in Mexico. The Spanish news stories linked below are not translations of the English ones above; they contain additional information.
Only a few newspapers are printed in both English and Spanish. However, many computer browsers, like Google Chrome, offer automatic translation between Spanish and English. If you are reading this page in Mexico, you may already be reading it in Spanish. If you follow the links below in the US or Canada, where this page appears in English, some of the news articles may open in Spanish, but you may be able to click on a button to get a computer translation into English.
Fire in El Cacique did not destroy Monarch Butterfly habitat
Monarch butterflies migrate, though Butterfly Festival is suspended
Climate change, unauthorized logging, and other factors endanger Monarch Butterfly populations in Mexico, but talking about unauthorized logging may be dangerous
Obituary for Homero Gómez, butterfly defender who denounced unauthorized logging as a cause of damage to Monarch Butterfly habitat, found dead in January 2020
How Michoacán prepares to welcome Monarch Butterflies and Monarch Butterfly tourism
New Monarch Butterfly colony found near extinct volcano Nevado de Toluca
Plans for Monarch Butterfly Festival, March 2019
Citizens track the arrival of migrating Monarch Butterflies in Mexico
Monarch Butterfly hibernation sites expand
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