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World Wildlife Fund

Defending nature from its biggest destroyer, one monarch butterfly at a time [Editorial]

Protecting monarch butterflies

Mankind may be nature's biggest destroyer, but it can also be a defender.

Last Friday's article in print and online by Aegis staff member David Anderson shared some local stories about efforts to nurture the monarch butterfly.

Like other insect pollinators, who face threats from habitat destruction and disease, honeybees, for instance, monarch butterflies are important to our own well-being, even if we might not think in those terms when we see them in the wild. If you are into home vegetable gardening, you know what an effort it has become to attract bees and other pollinating insects, whose numbers aren't what they used to be.

Milkweed, usually found in vacant, open...