Habitat loss in U.S. blamed for decline of monarch butterflies

The principal cause of the shrinking population of monarch butterflies is loss of habitat in their U.S. breeding grounds, scientists say in a study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

Planting milkweed in the south and central United States would provide the largest immediate benefit,”

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Help save the grasslands – Prescott, Arizona

A consortium of government agencies wants to hear from the public about its plan to try to protect and restore Central Arizona’s dwindling grasslands.

The meeting is in Prescott, AZ on Thursday, June 5.

“The health of these grasslands is critical for a number of species,” said Dee Kephart, habitat specialist for the Game and Fish Department’s Region 3 office.

The agencies signed the grasslands strategy in 2010 and update it every year so they can work together on common goals. The strategy covers about 750,000 acres and uses pronghorn antelope as an indicator species about the health of local grasslands.

“Pronghorn are an ideal species to examine because they are so closely tied to this type of habitat,” Kephart said. “They are heavily dependant on their eyesight, so open spaces are critical.”

North America’s central grasslands are considered one of the most threatened ecosystems on the continent and in the world, the strategy notes.

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Wolves Need Trees Too

For thousands of years, black wolves have roamed the snow-covered islands of southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago. But even in this remote stretch of more than 1,000 islands and glaciated peaks, Alexander Archipelago wolves have been no match for industrial logging, road building and overharvest.

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How Swaziland Protects its Wildlife

Both black rhino and white rhino were absent from Swaziland for nearly 70 years until in 1965, when the first pair of white rhinos returned to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.  Black rhino were reintroduced into Swaziland in 1986. Since 1992, just three rhinos have been killed by poachers in Swaziland (two in 2011, and one recently in 2014). According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Swaziland’s rhino protection is unmatched by any other country.

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