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Congressman Carbajal visits monarch butterfly grove, calls for protection of their declining population

This Year’s Monarch Butterfly Migration Appears Larger Than Usual
Posted at 6:01 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 00:03:29-05

Monarch butterflies continue to be a cause for concern as their population count hits critically low numbers.

Congressman Salud Carbajal and several other lawmakers recently wrote a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging the protection of the butterflies.

Congressman Carbajal took a tour of the monarch butterfly grove in Pismo Beach Monday listening to representatives of California State Parks.

Carbajal said this is a situation that needs immediate attention, "The western monarch butterflies are destined to go extinct and unless we take aggressive urgent action we're gonna have to add the western monarch butterfly to the extinct list of species."

The butterflies depend on a specific microclimate because they cannot survive freezing temperatures.

The trees at the Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove provide ideal conditions in the winter for the butterflies.

Information on how to help preserve monarch butterflies can be found here.