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Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Obama and Peña Nieto move to save monarch butterfly habitat lauded

      monarchEcologist Gary Paul Nabhan, in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, lauded the commitments made by Presidents Barack Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto last week to work toward the recovery of the ecosystem for monarch butterflies. The butterflies' life source, milkweed, has been disappearing, and monarchs' numbers have fallen dramatically. Nabhan said Obama, Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed in Toluca last week to work to restore habitat for the butterflies, which winter in Mexico and summer in the United States and Canada. Nabhan said Peña Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party has introduced a bill in the Senate "to create a tri-national toxin-free corridor" and said "similar legislature is being prepared in the U.S."

     The column made a connection between the monarchs and U.S. environmental icon Rachel Carson.

Nabhan's column: "Monarchs, milkweed and the spirit of Rachel Carson: To save the monarch butterfly, we have to be as strategic and courageous as the author of 'The Silent Spring.' "

Feb. 2011: Monarch had been making comeback.
March 2013: Monarchs' and Mexicans' northward migration both in decline