New monarch numbers encouraging: Conservation efforts in Iowa contribute to long-term recovery
February 14, 2019
AMES, Iowa – This week, the World Wildlife Fund released its 2018-2019 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered approximately 15 acres of forest canopy in Mexico, a doubling of last year's population, and a level not seen since 10 years ago.
The report provides hope, say leaders of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium.
"Although the number of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico has rebounded considerably, turning this encouraging one-year population response into a consistent long-term trend depends on advancing conservation efforts that are c...