Illegal Deforestation of Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home Gets Worse

Monarchs Only Have One Winter Habitat, And Criminal Loggers Are Destroying It

Monarch Habitat DeforestationWhen the trees are gone, so are the Monarchs

The illegal logging that was thought to be contained a few years ago is eating through the remaining acres of the monarch butterfly’s wintering grounds in  Michoacan in central Mexico.

This most iconic of butterfly species has been in steep decline due to the reduction of its Mexican habitat, as well as other factors.  In the northern breeding grounds, the destruction of milk weed on US industrial agricultural lands has wiped out a large percentage of the monarch’s food supply. Farming these days in based on killing everything that grows on a given swatch of agricultural land, with the exception of the engineered crops that are allowed to be there. Agricultural interests have little connection with milk weed because it doesn’t make money. Another 100,000,000 acres of habitat has been directly lost due to the Roundup ready monoculture agriculture expansion of corn and soybean manufacturing.

The US is also losing up to 6,000 acres of monarch habitat a day because of property development such as sub divisions.  Many new sub divisions are named in honor of places, species and tribes that have been wiped out. Someday young families will be moving into Monarch Shores Estates or something along those lines.

Humankind has a deep belief in our ability to fix the things we break, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that this isn’t always true. While some species have been successfully “saved” from extinction and re-introduced into the wild, the Monarch butterfly is not going to be one of them. That’s because the Monarch migrates to only one location on the planet for over-wintering – a small area of land in the Mexican province of Michoacan. When the trees that protect the mysterious Mariposa Monarca are cut down, that will be the end of the Monarch.

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