As a kid in the '70s, watching the annual monarch butterfly migration in Californa was a thing to see! Not so much any more.
From KTLA 5 in LA:
Researchers with an environmental group have labeled as “disturbingly low” the number of western monarch butterflies that migrate along the California coast.
A recent count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 30,000 butterflies, which it said is an 86 percent decline since 2017.
By comparison, the group in 1981 counted more than 1 million western monarchs wintering in California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The Xerces Society conducts annual Thanksgiving and New Year’s counts and was not certain what caused the numbers to drop. It said there is no substantial evidence of a delayed migration and butterflies are not being reported in other parts of the country.
A 2017 study by Washington State University researchers found the species likely will go extinct in the next few decades if nothing is done to save it.
Scientists say the butterflies are threatened by pesticides, herbicides and destruction along their migratory route. They also have noted climate change impacts.
A species of mouse deer called the silver-backed chevrotain was thought to be lost to science after 30 years of no sightings, but a video camera in a Vietnam forest captured one as it foraged for food. From The Guardian: The pictures of the rabbit-sized animal, also known as the silver-backed chevrotain, are the first […]
A life-size animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex at a Colorado dinosaur theme park went down in flames yesterday. Zach Reynolds, co-owner of Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, says it was probably caused by an electrical malfunction. Although the 24-foot-tall T-Rex is a big loss to the park, Reynold’s had a sense of humor about it when he joked, […]
The last male white Rhino in the world has died at 45 years of age. The rhino, named Sudan, had been suffering from age-related ill-health for some time, according to AFP. During the 1970s and 1980s the white rhino was damn near wiped out in Africa, thanks to the high demand of its horn for […]
We all know those gifts we get “for the kids,” the ones that parents are secretly more excited to open. Drones are a perfect example, but there’s a model out there that really doubles down on that appeal. Introducing the Space Fighter Building Block Drones, a series of space fighter drones that are a blast […]
The hardest part of web design can be nailing down the look. These days, even non-designers can easily spot a stale stock photo or lazily-made icon. What’s the solution? No matter what kind of artist you are, it’s always a good idea to widen your palette. And with more than a million vector images to […]
For all that tech that gets squeezed into them, the best wireless earbuds are ones we barely have to think about. That’s the whole point, right? We get wireless because we just want to hit play and have a hands-free, cordless soundtrack for the rest of the commute. If that’s your philosophy, definitely give these […]