“The pine forests of the mountains of central Mexico are unrecognizable in winter. The oyamel firs shiver with butterflies, tens of millions of them alighting on trees in clusters of rustling black and orange, seeking warmth and protection during the cold months. This striking phenomenon – the only one of its kind in the world – may not exist in thirty years.” The Tragic Driver Behind Monarch Decline, Pollinator Stewardship Council.
The Xerces Society recently reported a 99.4 decline of the West Coast Monarch population, 2000 individuals counted in 2020, where just a few short years ago there were millions. Until now the decline was attributed primarily to the elimination of milkweeds by Roundup. but for the past 15 years there were a few of us saying that the loss of milkweeds was only a part of the problem. This article published by the Pollinator Stewardship Council, The Tragic Driver Behind Monarch Decline, finally confirms the role neonicotinoids were playing. The environmental damages from neonics are escalating geometrically and the human population may be next on the list.