As someone who cares about the future of wildlife, I wanted to share with you some
fantastic news from our colleagues at WWF-Mexico. The area of mountain forest occupied
by monarch butterflies this winter increased by 144 per cent over last year.
This is the biggest growth in 12 years and is a sign that the population of monarchs
that migrate from Canada and the United States to Mexico may be on the rise, in
part due to efforts of supporters like you.
Because we can’t count butterflies individually, scientists instead measure the
area of forest the iconic butterfly occupies to get a sense of the overall population.
The survey, conducted by WWF-Mexico and partners, found monarchs in 6.05 hectares
of forest compared to 2.48 hectares during the same period in winter of 2017-2018.
This increase in butterflies is a testament to the power of conservation and the
efforts of committed supporters like you across the continent.
Jorge Rickards, the general director of WWF-Mexico, attributed the increase in monarchs
to better protection of the fir and pine forests monarchs hibernate in each winter
and collective efforts to restore native plant habitat along the butterfly’s epic
Here in Canada, more than 60 elementary and secondary schools have replaced monoculture
schoolyards with vibrant pollinator gardens through our
Living Planet @ School program. Through our
In the Zone native plant gardening program,
Go Wild grants and with the support of individuals like you, many
more have transformed backyards and community spaces into vital habitat for wildlife.
While these results are to be celebrated, we cannot claim victory just yet. Monarch
populations are still drastically lower than they were two decades ago. With you
by our side, we’re taking steps in the right direction and will continue to address
the threats monarchs face.
Let’s keep the momentum going for this iconic species! Together, we can reverse
the decline of wildlife.
Lead specialist, species conservation
World Wildlife Fund Canada