Those of us that are fans of the monarch were hoping that the news from the butterfly’s winter home in Mexico would show an upswing in the colorful butterfly’s population. Sadly, this did not prove the case.
Recently the report of the results of surveys conducted by the World Wildlife Fund-Telemex Foundation Alliance and the National Commission of Protected Areas in Mexico was released. According to the report, researchers found 145 acres of the monarch’s wintering habitat was degraded during the past year. This was a significant increase over the 47 acres that rendered uninhabitable by monarchs in 2021.
This year’s report also stated that the amount of forested wintering habitat used by the birds this past winter plummeted 22%. In other words, monarchs were found occupying only 54.6 acres this past winter whereas they occupied 7.03 acres during the winter of 2021-2022.
It is obvious that we are going to be seeing fewer monarch butterflies flying about Georgia this year.