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Despite steep decline, monarch butterflies aren’t as endangered as other species, agency says

The number of western monarch butterflies is declining alarmingly, which prompted a push to add the butterfly to the endangered species list in 2014. But after four years of review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that although the monarch butterfly warrants protection, dozens of other species face more urgent situations and have a higher priority. ... Read more»

Western Monarch butterflies take an astonishing step closer to extinction

An astonishingly few butterflies were found during an impromptu census tests insect populations' resiliency. Or are they butterflies really fish?... Read more»

Arizona volunteers plant hope for the future of monarch butterflies

At Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area near McNeal one day last month, 25 volunteers spent five hours planting milkweed to create waypoints for monarchs migrating to Southern California and west-central Mexico from the northern U.S. and Canada – a trip that can stretch 3,000 miles each way.... Read more»1

Migrating monarchs dwindling, but experts say it’s not all doom and gloom

Monarch butterflies have dwindled to the point that they’re being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity sued, and a settlement requires a decision by June.... Read more»

Global warming, pesticides killing off monarch butterflies

Global warming and pesticide use are disrupting the monarch’s migration patterns through Arizona and destroying milkweeds, the food source for its young. The number of migrating monarchs has dropped by as much as 90 percent in two decades. Should they be declared an endangered species?... Read more»