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WWF Statement on Sharp Decline in Monarch Butterflies

In response to the latest survey showing that the forest cover occupied by overwintering monarch butterflies in Mexico has declined by 27%, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Omar Vidal, CEO of WWF in Mexico:

"The monarch migration is a phenomenon like no other. But now, it’s imperiled by forces the monarchs themselves cannot control. The reduction in the area of forest they occupied this year - most probably due to the high mortality caused by storms and cold weather last year - is a clear reminder for the three countries that they must step up actions to protect breeding, feeding and migratory habitat."

"We cannot control the climate, but we can do much better in eradicating illegal logging in the reserve and tackling habitat loss in the U.S. and Canada. But, even if Mexico's overwintering sites never lose another tree, without food and habitat along the migration routes the forests will soon bid farewell to their final orange and black-winged tenant."