UCSB as an organization does not directly
participate in efforts to save the monarch
butterflies. However, many of us are aware that
the monarchs are at risk, especially due to the
dead and dying eucalyptus trees in the Butterfly
Grove that provide roosts for the butterflies.
Students, faculty and staff are actively
increasing awareness of this issue. One way we can
help is to plant milkweeds in our own homes to
allow butterflies to feed and rest.
The primary threat to monarch butterflies is
loss of habitat, either at their breeding
range or where they overwinter. This is caused by
human land use, and by climate change. Ecological
restoration (i.e. reverting land back to its
natural state) combats loss due to land use.
Effects of climate change are harder to fight
because climate change is less predictable than
human land use, but ensuring that the monarchs
displaced by climate have somewhere to go is
probably the best option.
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