Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Saving the monarchs

sammybutterflyWe’ve written about the decline of monarch butterflies and planting milkweed to help them during their migration.  Want to know what’s being done in their wintering grounds in Mexico?  Then check out this fascinating study regarding the protection of the monarch’s wintering grounds:  Vidal, O. and  J.Lopez-Garcia, E. Rendon-Salinas.  2014.  Trends in deforestation and forest degradation after a decade of monitoring in the monarch butterfly biosphere reserve in Mexico.  Conservation Biology, February 2014.  Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 177-186.  This study provides information on the amount of canopy protected in the reserve thanks to local alternative-income generation and employment (as opposed to jobs from illegal logging).  The authors recommend that a multi-stakeholder, regional, sustainable-development strategy is needed.  That means all hands on deck, even here in the north!

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