Monarch Population Count
 
The official 2016-17 monarch population figures have been released. World Wildlife Fund Mexico in collaboration with SEMARNAT and CONANP and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR) announced the total forest area occupied by overwintering monarch colonies. Thirteen (13) colonies were located this winter season with a total area of 2.91 hectares. Click the graph to open a larger view. The potential uses of this graph in your classrooms seem infinite! Be sure to use our forum to share the ways you successfully incorporated in in your class!
*Aerial photo of the El Rosario Monarch Colony, Mexico.
Photo by L.P. Brower on February 26, 1999.

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  1. Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed for survival. Milkweed species are the sole host plants for monarchs. The females only lay their eggs on milkweed, and the monarch caterpillars eat nothing but milkweed leaves. The relationship is straightforward without milkweed there are no monarchs. If we want to sustain the monarch population we must maintain and restore milkweed populations.

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