Seabreeze Monarchs are Thriving!
If that happens “it becomes a nonfunctional population with very little prospect of increasing,” Dr. Orley “Chip” Taylor, a co-author of the study and director of the nonprofit group Monarch Watch, told NBC News.
The study looked at variations in monarch populations, starting in 1993, and analyzed what the chances were of the butterfly hitting a population level too small to be able to recover, Dr. Karen Oberhauser, a professor in the department of fishers and conservation biology at University of Minnesota and co-author of the study, explained to NBC News.
“It fluctuates a lot from one year to the next which makes it more vulnerable to reaching a low point,” she said.
Each fall, Eastern monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles, migrating from North America to spend winter in the mountains of Mexico before returning north in springtime. They are the only butterflies that make such a lengthy, two-way migration every year, according to Monarch Watch.
Thanks to the support of our stakeholders, Seabreeze has become a Monarch sanctuary where we have multitudes of Monarchs hatching and happy to enjoy all that the farm offers!