Dr. Chip Taylor's blog. Monarchs numbers are thriving in the Eastern Dakotas through Michigan and the migration in these areas could exceed average. The news from the Northeastern United States is not as optimistic with rain and temperatures stunting the monarch life cycle. It appears the overall population of monarch butterflies is making a modest recovery from its record decline. But the numbers are still lower than average.
Last year the monarch migration shifted slightly to the West and we did see many monarchs throughout Arizona. The question remains if more monarchs were here than usual, or if more people were looking and reporting monarchs, especially in the Phoenix area. This year's monarch population is lower, so observations and reporting become crucial.
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