The Curious Chaparral (2016)

When I was a child, every migratory season thousands of Monarch butterflies would blanket the bushes along the Mississippi River corridor where I lived. After a ten-fold drop in the population of the Monarch over the last decade, a 2016 study predicted an 11%–57% probability that this population will go extinct over the next 20 years. Milkweed plants are the only source of food for the Monarch caterpillar but these plants are rapidly disappearing, due to land development and the widespread use of herbicides. This depiction of a Monarch butterfly in a dry, barren environment, with a stalking predator, is a hint of this species' future without our intervention. Please plant milkweed. It's such a simple thing to do.
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The Curious Chaparral

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