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Habitat Conservation & Protection

The Xerces Society today announced that only 1,914 monarch butterflies were recorded overwintering on the California coast this year. This critically low number follows two years with fewer than 30,000 butterflies—the previous record lows—indicating that the western monarch butterfly migration is nearing collapse. In only a few decades, a migration of millions has been reduced to less than two thousand butterflies.
Eleven articles published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers the most comprehensive look to date at the topic of insect decline and the ramifications of losing diversity, abundance and biomass of insects. Scott Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, is a coauthor on "Eight Simple Actions that Individuals can Take to Save Insects from Global Declines."