Monarch Butterflies Reach Their Best Numbers in Years

In California, researchers in the coastal city of Pacific Grove say the monarch butterfly population is booming this year compared to recent years. Last week they said about 100-thousand monarchs are expected to make up the entire western population this year – more than 12-thousand in Pacific Grove alone, the largest number in five years. They say several factors are involved, including climate change and droughts. All sites where the monarchs are spotted are counted over a three-week period. This past weekend was the last weekend they were to be counted in Pacific Grove this year.