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There is a glimmer of hope for the vanished monarch butterfly

Hibernation numbers along California’s Central Coast are recovering from a year-low last year, when the population, whose presence is often a good indicator of ecosystem health, was at a 10-year low.

Experts attribute their decline to climate change, damage to habitats, and the scarcity of food from drought.

Today, however, experts’ focus lies largely on California’s central coast.

A preliminary count this year has revealed that more than 13.000 monarchs have begun arriving at the Monterey County site, which is crowding the area on pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees, fueling hope among volunteers and visitors that fighting insects are rebuilding.

One of the most famous winter locations is Monarch Grove Sanctuary, an urban compound in the coastal city of Pacific Grove where last year no monarch butterflies made the first appearance.

Xerces Society

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is a non-profit environmental organization that focuses on the conservation of invertebrates considered to be essential to biological diversity and e (wikipedia)

Monarch butterfly conservation in California

The U.S. state of California has instituted numerous conservation programs, policies, laws, (wikipedia)

Pacific Grove, California

Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. The 2010 United States Census population is 15,041. Pacific Grove is located between Point Pinos and Monterey. (wikipedia)

Monarch butterfly

The monarch butterfly or simply monarch is a milkweed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Other common names, depending on region, include milkweed, common tiger, wanderer, (wikipedia)

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