Monarch butterfly population reaching record-low numbers

POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 4:13pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 10:20pm

It's one of natures many mysteries: every year the Monarch butterfly flies over 2,000 miles from Canada to a place in Mexico they've never been to before.

"That's fascinating so I try and share that with students."

But it's getting harder and harder for Craig Wilson, a butterfly enthusiast, to share his passion for the Monarch because of a massive decline in the population.

"The fact that the Monarch's are contracted to just two hector areas down in Mexico is a big, big problem," said Wilson "You get too low of numbers and they won't be able to recover."

Experts believe the severe drought, wildfires, change in farming methods and a lack of Milkweed (the only type of plant Monarch's feed off of) are all contributing factors to the record-low numbers.

So Wilson is doing his part to help out and he's urging other Central Texans to do theirs too.

"We're encouraging the public to buy the Milkweed and put them in," Wilson said. "Go out with your kids, get them to help and get your hands dirty. As I say, 'If you plant it they will come.'"

Wilson says we can expect to see the Monarchs here in Central Texas within the next week or two before they continue their flight north to Canada.

It takes four generations of Monarch's to complete the migration.


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