The end-of-year count of Monarch butterflies in the west showed about the same results as the year before. A few more butterflies were found, but there were also more counters.
While some news organizations referred to the results as an increase, the Portland-based Xerces Society regards the count as about the same as the year before. And that means Monarch numbers are still very low compared to historical averages.
Emma Pelton, Senior Conservation Biologist, returns with some perspective on butterfly numbers and prospects.
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