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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.