Beauty is quick to fade away, leaving room for existential misery to evolve, reminding us to seize the day, as tomorrow may not bring as much satisfaction. This is exactly what the remaining population of monarch butterflies should do, because a group of researchers has recently estimated that since the 90’s there has been an 80% decline in population.
The creatures are the definition of beauty and grace, forming an abstract and colorful map of orange, black and white as they fly by. The Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation is conducting a massive study on butterfly populations, stating that the number of butterflies that still migrate is estimated to be around 56.6 million.
The area of Vermont could play an important part in the endeavors to preserve the species. Partnerships across the entire territory of US are strengthening in a common initiative to restore the decreasing population. The butterflies need a comfortable and breeding friendly habitat in order to meet an increase in numbers.
Reacting to the alarming news, a Fredericton group hopes to help boost the numbers of Monarch butterflies by setting up a shelter for the fascinating insects. The initiative is part of the Mighty Monarch program that supports the Greener Village Community Food Centre to set up a Monarch Waystation. Researchers, biologists and scientists already gathered some of the colorful patterned butterflies to ensure optimal life conditions in a controlled and breeding friendly habitat.
University of Kansas is the official institution to support the Monarch watch program, by helping ensure the species is preserved.
Environmentalists and researchers are concentrated on growing milkweed, the insect’s only source of food. Organizers have already grown three different types of the herb and intend to use it to attract Monarchs.
Monarch butterflies are the bravest species of butterflies, as they endure an extremely long migration, travelling more than 5,000 km north from Mexico to North America. The constant changes in weather conditions and degradation of natural areas lead to serious decline in monarch butterfly populations.
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