Brower replies- The most recent ranting about monarch butterfly conservation

Paul Cherubini monarch at
Fri Oct 10 00:02:19 EDT 2003

Stanley A. Gorodenski wrote:

> You cannot say the Monarch will
> be a successful species with regard to the Mexico migration until it has
> passed its test, which in this case will be adapting to the human
> destruction of the habitat it is now using or may use in lieu of its
> current overwintering habitat. This may take many years to be realized.
> Stan
Each year, 60-70% of all the monarchs overwintering in Mexico use
these two habitats:
Do you see any substantial and worrisome forest "destruction" or
"degradation" in the photos?  I don't.
The other mountains in Mexico where the other 30-40% of monarchs
overwinter look the same except on the Chivati-Huacal mountain
and Cerro San Andres mountains where forest fires burnt part of
the forest
It takes only 30-40 years for the forest to regenerate and return
to its former stature in this region of Mexico which gets 50-70
inches of rain a year (the area looks like the forests of Oregon).
Paul Cherubini


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