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Birding and discussion: A conservation-oriented birding blog that emphasizes low-impact birding and sustainable birding practices together with the enjoyment of birds. Southeast Colorado offers a diversity of habitats which provide premiere birding opportunities. Save Sabal Palm

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Climate Change threat to Monarch Butterflies

In a news release today, the United Nations released information from a study by it's Environmental Program about the effects of Global Climate Change. Included was the following:
• "Changing wind patterns are making it more difficult for passerine birds to make their migration in the Caribbean where spring storms are becoming more numerous and of greater intensity.

• This autumn several large Monarch Butterflies(Danaus plexippus), which migrate in millions every year from the USA and Canada to Mexico, have been blown across the Atlantic to England 5000 km away."

Monarch Butterflies have been facing many challenges before this including massive losses of habitat in Mexico. They are such beautiful butterflies and I enjoy their migrating through our area.

Click here to read the press release from the United Nations Environmental Program.


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