The monarch butterfly...I have written about this incredible butterfly before. Richard and I had hundreds of them fly over us one weekend in October at Arabia Mountain as they were flying on their long journey to Mexico. This week, it has been announced that as many as one BILLION of them have died! I have read that the decline is so severe that there is a petition to ask the Department of the Interior to list the Monarch as "threatened". In response to this, the National Wildlife Federation and The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have promised millions of dollars in grant money to help the Monarch butterfly to re-bound.
What has caused this great decline? Loss of habitat and the rampant use of herbicides are the two most likely causes. You may read more about it just here.
In the 1970's, there was a grass roots effort by a few historic preservation groups to save a beautiful theatre in Atlanta, The Fox Theatre. It was slated to be demolished by BellSouth, a local telephone company. For every concert ticket sold during that time, a small fee was added which went towards this effort. "SAVE THE FOX" was seen on bumper stickers and it became the rallying cry for the efforts of the preservation. I am happy to tell you that this was successful and the Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta's most cherished entertainment venues.
Hopefully, there will be this same kind of enthusiasm for the monarch butterfly.
SAVE THE MONARCH!