Monarch butterfly may get protected status

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel

The monarch butterfly is known for its spectacular 3,000-mile migration each year from Mexico to Canada and back.

“It’s a unique migration,” said Lincoln Brower, a biologist at Sweet Briar College and arguably the most established monarch butterfly expert. “Losing it will be like losing ‘Gone with the Wind’ or burning the Mona Lisa. It’s just an amazing, beautiful and complex phenomenon.”

Monarch populations have plummeted 90 percent during the last two decades. They have disappeared at such an alarmingly rate that they might become an endangered species.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said this week that it would conduct a one-year status review of the monarch to determine whether it warranted Endangered Species Act protection.