Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 14, 2019

Disturbing News For Butterfly Populations

The San Diego Union-Tribune  reports

A UC Davis professor’s simple mission: Record and identify every butterfly he sees. What he’s discovered has disturbed him

Shapiro says 2018 was the worst butterfly season he ever experienced. The number of species across all elevations was down, something he had never seen before.

As a scientist, Shapiro knew this catastrophic count provided a valuable data point. The abysmal numbers could help other researchers understand how to make sense of future plunges in butterfly populations and perhaps help them pinpoint the culprit. But as a person who has spent his whole life among butterflies, he could not help but feel morose.

Read full story at Meet the scientist who’s been counting California butterflies for 47 years and has no plans to stop – The San Diego Union-Tribune


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