The butterflies, once so plentiful are reduced to just a few. Our 7-year drought has damaged many of the eucalyptus trees, some of which will have to be taken out. The City of Goleta and various residents are arguing now about how many and how to go about it. Nobody's happy but we have less to complain about than the Monarchs themselves. They eat only milkweed. All along their migration paths, it has been poisoned almost out of existence by chemical herbicides. What was a twice yearly migration of millions of butterflies is down by 90% according to people who study these things. They, along with bee colonies, have been decimated. Bees are essential pollinators so bee colony collapse has received more publicity, but both are "canaries in the mine," as the saying goes, indicators of biological disaster far beyond their own possible extinction.
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