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Current Event December 3, 2015

Butterfly Habitat Under Threat

The population of monarch butterflies has declined dramatically in recent years. The milkweed population has also declined, and less milkweed equals fewer monarch butterflies. Monarchs lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed and it’s the only thing the larvae will eat. Some reasons for the decline in milkweed include loss of forestland in Mexico where monarchs winter and an increased use of herbicide. Regardless of the reasons, these are big changes. Listen to hear more about what is being done to restore the monarch butterfly population and how that also helps other insects.

Climate Change Ecosystems Animals Elementary

Story Length: 4:29

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Harvest Public Media

AIR DATE: 11/12/2015

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