Learn about our Amazing Monarchs! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com
- The Incredible Journey of the Monarch Butterfly! (4writersandreaders.com)
https://4writersandreaders.com/fun-learning-with-monarchs/ (Companion links for AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=suHn7tGjrjk AMAZING MATILDA’s Video Debut
Have you ever seen one of these? It’s a Monarch Butterfly. Every spring, millions fly from Mexico and southern California to other parts of the US and southern Canada. And every autumn, they fly back. On the first of November, called the Day of the Dead, people celebrate the return of the monarchs to the mountainous fir forests of Central Mexico.
But their numbers are dropping. In 1997, there were 150 million. Last year there were only 60 million. One problem is the gradual sterilization of American farmlands thanks to powerful herbicides like Roundup. Monarch butterfly larvae eat a plant called milkweed. But the amount of this plant in Iowa, for example, has dropped between 60% and 90% over the last decade.
And this year was much worse for the monarchs. They came late to Mexico… and I think only 3 million have been seen so far! That’s a…
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