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MILKWEED AND #MONARCHS

#Farmers, and the pesticides used on farms, have taken much of the blame for the decline in milkweed and, thus, the decline in monarch butterflies. But, according to NPR’s The Salt, scientists now say declining milkweed may not be the biggest threat to the famous butterflies. Instead, researcher Hidetoshi Inamine found that most of the monarch decline is happening when the butterflies are migrating and turn around in Canada to head back south, toward Mexico. Inamine says scientists still don’t know specifically what’s causing the decline, but increased availability of milkweed won’t hurt, either.

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