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5 places to witness one of nature’s greatest fall spectacles (from USA Today -Travel)

The annual migration of monarch butterflies to wintering grounds in central Mexico is one of nature's most amazing feats. And though the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a "mixed" forecast for this autumn's monarch-watching prospects, the show – and attendant festivities – will go on at a number of National Wildlife Refuges.

5 places to witness one of nature’s greatest fall spectacles (from USA

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News Release


“In real estate it’s location, location, location and for monarchs and other wildlife it’s habitat, habitat, habitat”, said Chip Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch. Monarch Watch (www.MonarchWatch.org) started in 1992 as an outreach program dedicated to engaging the public in studies of monarchs and is now concentrating its efforts on monarch conservation. “We have a lot of habitat in this country but we are losing it at a rapid pace. Development is consuming 6,000 acres a day, a loss of 2.2 million acres per year. Further, the overuse of herbicides along roadsides and elsewhere is turning diverse areas that support monarchs, pollinators, and other wildlife into grass-filled landscapes that support few species. The adoption of genetically modified soybeans and corn have further reduced monarch habitat. If these trends continue, monarchs are certain to decline, threatening the very existence of their magnificent migration”, said Taylor.  → More