Monarch Butterfly Tagging in Tennessee

Come along as we hunt for butterflies in big trouble.

There’s an old saying you might have heard at some point in your life…”It is good to learn from your own mistakes, but it is wise to learn from the mistakes of others.”

Over the years the use of pesticides and the destruction of habitat have endangered many animals, birds, and insects.

And, now, the continued loss of crucial habitat threatens the world’s best-known butterfly. In fact, the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that the number of Monarchs has dropped a drastic 88 percent just since 1996.

While the Eastern Monarch population has dropped dramatically, the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service says it’s even worse for the Western overwintering population.

Once numbered at 4.5 million it is believed there are now less than two thousand.

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