Monarch butterflies rebound slightly amid milkweed planting

By Bruce Finley, The Denver Post

The latest monarch butterfly count found that the population poised to migrate through the United States rebounded from last year’s record low — but still ranks second-lowest on record.

Monarch numbers increased to 56.5 million from 33.5 million, according to data collected by the World Wildlife Fund and announced Tuesday by Mexico’s government.

“When you consider that in the mid-1990s the population was 1 billion, this is still a pretty low number,” said Sarina Jepsen, endangered species program director for the Xerces Society, a conservation group leading rescue efforts. “Monarchs are really in trouble.”