Mexico: Storms Damage Monarch Butterfly Population

Posted on August 24, 2016 • Filed under: Enviromental Issues, Mexico, Mexico Travel reported storms earlier this year blew down more than a hundred acres of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico, killing more than 7% of the monarchs, according to conservationists.

Rain, cold and high winds from the storms caused the loss of 133 acres (54 hectares) of pine and fir trees in the forests west of Mexico City, more than four times the amount lost to illegal logging this year. It was the biggest storm-related loss since the winter of 2009-10, when unusually heavy rainstorms and mudslides caused the destruction of 262 acres (106 hectares) of trees.

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This year’s storm also appears to have frozen or killed about 6.2m butterflies, almost 7.4% of the estimated 84m butterflies that wintered in Mexico, said – Read Article

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