Monarchs may win ‘endangered species’ protection

By The Ecologist

Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for Monarch butterflies, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The agency will now conduct a one-year status review on monarchs, which have declined by 90% in the past 20 years.

The migratory butterflies are especially vulnerable as they migrate vast distances of 3,000 miles or more each year, between the US, Mexico and Canada. The migration cycle is unique in the natural world as it spans multiple generations.