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The Last Monarch Butterfly: Conserving the Monarch Butterfly in a Brave New World
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Habitat loss is beginning to threaten the monarch butterfly. This book provides a thorough overview of the species, including its life cycle and migration. Illustrated in color with a clear text appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Book News Annotation:
Monarch butterflies spend their early lives in what appear to be badly-knit striped sweaters. They hang around, literally, for a while in mottled cocoons, and then they emerge wet-winged but glorious. They migrate thousands of miles from a wide stretch of North America to a confined space in Mexico, where they overwinter, some say 6 million to an acre in the trees. Although the Mexican government has protected areas as reserves for the Monarchs, it appears that other factors, such as finding appropriate environments in North America and on the way to and from Mexico, are causing the Monarch population to dip precipitously. Schappert (U. of Texas at Austin) provides remarkable photographs of Monarchs, shows how forest clearing, pesticides, the introduction of alien species and tourism have endangered them, and gives ways to preserve them and their ways.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The definitive guide to the world's most recognized butterfly.
Monarch butterflies are widely distributed around the world. The two most distinct populations are located in North America — one to the east and the other to the west of the Rocky Mountains.
Their wide distribution, coupled with their vivid orange, white and black coloring makes the monarch the most recognizable butterfly. Regrettably, in recent years, ecological changes — specifically the loss of its feeding grounds — are threatening the monarch's existence.
The Last Monarch Butterfly provides a thorough and essential overview of these delightful creatures and helps readers to understand their plight. The book documents the monarch's life cycle to provide a clear understanding of its natural condition including its migratory nature. Easy-to-understand text is illustrated with thirty bright, colorful photographs.
The western butterfly winters in California and the eastern butterfly winters in Mexico. Natural disasters such as a recent cold snap in Mexico imperil the already depleted monarch populations. Areas in California that once hosted the monarch are now being used for residential and industrial development. Even the vast fields of flowering weeds that supported the monarch in the northern states are depleted for new development.
The Last Monarch Butterfly is the definitive environmental reference on this endangered species.
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