Thursday saw the extinction of the monarch butterfly. Scientists placed the iconic orange-and black insect on the endangered species list because its numbers are rapidly declining.
“It’s just a devastating decline,”Stuart Pimm is an ecologist at Duke University. “This is one of the most recognizable butterflies in the world.”
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) added the migrating monarch fly to its list for the first time. “red list”You can find endangered species in the list of threatened species.
According to the group, the North American monarch butterfly population has fallen between 22% and 72% in the past ten years.
“We are really sad about this. It is another data driven, science based wake-up call that we need to be better stewards of our planet,”Tony Tucci is the chair and co-founder at Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife.
According to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the monarch population has dropped by about 90% since the 1990s.
Millions of monarch butterflies migrate the most distance of any insect species to North America.
After spending the winter in central Mexico’s mountains, the butterflies fly north to breed multiple generations and travel thousands of miles. Once the butterflies have reached southern Canada, their offspring will make the return trip to Mexico at summer’s end.
A smaller number of people spend winters in California and then move on to other parts of the country west. This population has experienced a more dramatic decline than that of the eastern monarchs, though there was some growth. bounce back last winter.
“The monarch decline has already been noted regionally, but nothing formally has been put into place to protect the monarchs,”Tucci.
Presiden Joe Biden signed several executive orders, including the climate order.Initiative 30×30This would set America on a path of protecting at least 30% of its land and 30% of its ocean areas by 2030.
“There are three main steps that can help in protecting the monarch butterflies,”Tucci. “We think about doing things three ways; through recognition through the Wildlife District Ordinance, conservation by donating to organizations that are conserving land, and educating our neighbors.”
TheWildlife District Ordinance The goal is to balance wildlife habitat and private property development in order to achieve more sustainable outcomes on the hillsides.
“Locally in Los Angeles, I think the only thing on the books that would help the monarch habitat, is to adopt our first Wildlife District Ordinance,”Tucci. “Every Angeleno should participate in supporting that ordinance.”