2020-2021 Monarch Butterfly Report

Monarchs are in Danger of Extinction

Monarch Butterfly Report 2020-2021 | The News Isn't Good At Vermont Woods Studios we were founded on an environmental mission: forest and wildlife conservation. We all grew up learning about monarchs in school. Now as adults we work to conserve their habitat here in Vermont and in Mexico where the butterflies over-winter (see above). The 2020-2021 Monarch Butterfly Report shows we have a lot of work to do.

Monarch Butterfly Population in 2020-21

How would you go about counting North America's monarch butterfly population? Scientists can't count each and every butterfly. Instead they count the area of land occupied by the monarchs in their Mexican over-wintering habitat. The 2020-2021 Monarch Butterfly Report below shows only 2.1 hectares, down from 6.05 hectares just 2 years ago. It's one of the lowest acreage numbers for the winter population in 20 years. Entomologists believe that Monarch survival requires at least 15 acres of wintering butterflies annually. The situation is dire. Why is this happening?

2020-2021 Monarch Butterfly Report | Monarch Watch

Illegal Logging Is Increasing in Mexican Winter Habitat

A dramatic increase in illegal logging in the Mexican over-wintering biosphere was reported this year. Approximately 33 acres were lost, up from one acre of loss the year before. In addition problems with habitat loss in the U.S. persist due to the use of chemical insecticides, most notably Round Up.
Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Mexico | 2020-2021 Monarch Butterfly Report These are the Transvolcanic Mountains in Mexico. For thousands of years (since the last ice age) monarch butterflies have taken refuge here during the winter. Unfortunately the area is being logged illegally, causing catastrophic destruction to monarch habitat. Vermont Woods Studios has partnered with the non-profit Forests for Monarchs to replant the area with native trees. The red arrows above point to plots we have reforested.

Global Climate Change is Altering Monarch Habitat

Climate change has brought drought and severe weather to the monarch's winter habitat. There is also concern that the extreme cold recently in Texas will retard the growth of milkweed and nectar-producing floral habitat that the Monarchs need as they begin their northward migration in March.

Why Do We Care?

At Vermont Woods Studios we make wood furniture so naturally we must focus on forest conservation if our industry is to have a future. But from a broader perspective, we're working to save the monarch because it's the poster child for all insects and insects are the foundation of our ecosystem. They aerate the soil, pollinate blossoms, and control much of our food supply. If we can't save the most beautiful and magical of all insects, what kind of a future are we making for ourselves?

You Can Help Save Monarchs from Extinction

Are you interested in forest conservation and monarch butterflies? Support our mission by contacting our colleagues at Forests for Monarchs. You can donate, volunteer or even take an eco tour to see our projects up close and personal. Together we can change the world.

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Peggy Farabaugh

She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.

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