Conservationists and researchers were pleased to see the Mexican monarch butterfly colonies increase by more than 109 percent this year, covering approximately 10 acres of forest.
That’s the good news, the bad news is that the monarch population is still under siege and this year’s population is the fourth-lowest since 1993. A year ago the butterfly population was devastated by bad storms related to climate change which is the monarch’s number one long-term enemy.
The other challenge is that the monarch butterfly shares its home in the state of Michoacan with violent drug gangs. They are carving smuggling paths through forests where the trees the butterfly clings to are, when they return from their 2,000 mile journey from Canada.