Farms and Ranches Can Provide Needed Sanctuary for Struggling Western Monarchs

Who are some of the best people poised to help the monarch’s western population? Farmers and ranchers.
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Western Monarchs

Farms and Ranches Can Provide Needed Sanctuary for Struggling Western Monarchs

The monarch butterfly – the iconic black-and-orange butterfly known for its epic migrations – has seen significant population declines since the 1980s. But unfortunately, the butterfly’s western population found west of the Rocky Mountains has hit an all-time low, an 85 percent dip between 2017 and 2018.

Who are some of the best people poised to help the monarch’s western population? Farmers and ranchers, especially those in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

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Monarch CaterpillarPhotos courtesy of the Xerces Society.