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Monarch butterflies have reached endangered status. But it’s not all bad news.


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Monarch butterflies have reached endangered status. But it’s not all bad news.

A monarch butterfly rests upon a pink flower



Emma Rubin // Stacker

After record-low counts over the past four years, Western monarch winter populations showed an uptick in 2021

Bar chart showing decline of western monarch population counts



Emma Rubin // Stacker

Monarchs occupied 35% more land in Mexico last winter than in the previous winter

Bar chart showing decline of eastern monarch population counts



Bob Hilscher // Shutterstock

Monoculture and large-scale use of pesticides have impacted pollinator populations

Monarch butterfly being tagged



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Climate change has also disrupted monarch migratory patterns

Monarch butterflies on migration path



Courtesy of Phyllis Schulte

Home gardeners can help.

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed


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