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Monarch butterflies cling to branches in their winter nesting grounds in El Rosario Sanctuary, near Ocampo, Michoacan state, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. 

Monarch butterfly activists are being murdered in Mexico. Could it happen here?

By Noah Thornburgh | February 4, 2020

Many midwesterners will remember spotting monarch butterflies floating over the region’s prairies in the dog days of August, hunting for milkweed after their long flight from the south. Eastern Monarch sightings have been rare after a long period of...

Guardian of Monarch butterfly grounds eulogized in Mexico

By MARK STEVENSON | January 31, 2020

OCAMPO, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of farmers and agricultural workers thronged the funeral of activist Homero Gómez González on Friday, and the homage to him was like a tribute to the monarch butterfly he so staunchly defended.The butterflies' annual...

Mexico: Forest guardian suffered head trauma and drowning

By MARK STEVENSON | January 30, 2020

OCAMPO, Mexico (AP) — An anti-logging activist prominent in efforts to protect a Mexican forest where monarch butterflies spend the winter suffered a head trauma as well as drowning, authorities announced Thursday night, potentially adding weight to...

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