The Monarch Butterfly is in deep trouble, and many passionate organizations have been created to save this single species. But a focus on protecting habitat instead of concentrating on a single species will provide lasting benefits for all species of wildlife and the native plant communities that support them, a far more worthy effort to many environmentalists and wildlife gardeners.

Don’t get me wrong, it concerns me greatly that the Monarch Butterfly population is at the lowest level in the past 20 years.

But a singular focus on just this one species is missing the larger problem facing all wildlife: habitat destruction, degradation, and fragmentation and the spread of invasive species, all the result of human intervention, are the leading cause of most species of wildlife population declines and loss of native plant communities which support them.

The fact of the matter is that MANY species of butterflies and moths are in serious decline due to development, habitat loss, factory farming methods, and other factors.

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