In California, Monarch butterflies are back in Pacific Grove for the winter. So far, just over 11,000 have been counted and more are expected. Last year, the number was 13,000 after not seeing any in 2020. Experts say this makes them hopeful for the future given monarchs have been experiencing a steep decline. The city calls itself “Butterfly Town, USA.”
Meanwhile, four municipal leaders in Western Pennsylvania have now signed the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. The National Wildlife Federation developed the program, asking local government officials to help protect the large, orange-and-black butterflies that are now considered endangered. They say planting milkweed and other native nectar-producing plants can help reestablish populations of butterflies, bees, and other insects. Here’s a link for more information on the program.