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Western Monarch Over-wintering Population Plummets
updated: Jan 03, 2014, 11:00 AM
By Larry Dighera
Here is the Western Monarch Status as of
December 8th. There were approximately 2,500 monarch butterflies at the grove.
"The Goleta Butterfly Grove (also known as the Ellwood Main Monarch Aggregation Site) is one of the
largest overwintering sites in California."
View the Historic Chart
Once 80,000 butterflies could be found clinging to the Eucalyptus trees on Ellwood Mesa. Today they are
all but gone.
Wouldn't planting a few acres of milkweed assist in mitigating the decline? What would it take to start a
campaign to preserve the western Monarch population at Ellwood Mesa?
Please help preserve this noble species of international travelers.
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