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The future of the monarch butterfly

Butterflies land on branches at Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, Calif., on Nov. 10, 2021.
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Butterflies land on branches at Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, Calif., on Nov. 10, 2021. The number of Western monarch butterflies overwintering in California rebounded to more than 247,000 a year after fewer than 2,000 appeared, but the tally remained far below the millions that were seen in the 1980s, leaders of an annual count said Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.

The monarch butterfly, thanks to its striking wings and extraordinary migration, is one of the most well-known and beloved insects. After decades of population declines it has officially been classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, we are looking at the future of the monarch butterfly with entomologist Mark Berman.

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