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Monarch butterflies are bringing hope for our planet

Words by Tess Becker

The monarch butterfly is one of the most well-known insects in the world. While it was struggling over the past decade or so due to habitat loss, the butterfly has bounced back and bounced back hard – growing on last year’s success.

The butterfly had a surprising rebound in 2021 thanks to conservation efforts but some thought it may have been a fluke thanks to other surrounding trends.

Was it a fluke?!

It wasn't a fluke: 2022 saw a consecutive year of growing numbers of monarchs. 

Volunteers tallied 335,479 individual monarchs on their yearly migration; larger than 2021’s 250,000 and much, much larger than the depressing 2,000 in 2020. 

“We can all celebrate this tally,” says Emma Pelton, a conservation biologist at the Xerces Society which leads the western monarch count. “A second year in a row of relatively good numbers gives us hope.”

This is a trend in the right direction. To find out more about the society supporting these conservation efforts, visit Xerces Society's website.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Life on Land.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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