Monarch Butterflies: What’s Next for the IUCN’s New Endangered Species

Due to climate change, habitat loss, pesticides, and more, endangered Monarch butterflies are under threat.



If you were a monarch butterfly, where would you migrate to?

Monarch butterflies are a scientifically unique, economically valuable, and culturally significant species. But due to climate change, habitat loss, pesticides, and more, Monarchs are under threat. In fact, just a couple weeks ago, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature officially declared the Monarch butterfly an endangered species. Today, we explore why Monarch butterflies are important, how they’ve reached endangered status, and what we can do to save them. With special guest Dr. Karen Oberhauser: Director of the University of Madison-Wisconsin Arboretum.

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Music: Brett Sawka

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