Monarch butterfly numbers may come back from record low

By the Associated Press, CBC News

More monarch butterflies appear to have made the long flight from Canada and the U.S. to their winter nesting ground in western Mexico, raising hopes after their number dropped to a record low last year.

But experts still fear that unusually cold temperatures will threaten the orange and black insects.

While an official census won’t be ready until mid-January, observers are seeing healthy populations of butterflies bunched together on fir and pine trees in protected sanctuaries, said Gloria Talavera, director of the official monarch butterfly reserve.