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WCAX Monarch Butterfly Concerns PKG 3/21/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 25, 2013

It has been a while since I’ve been able to go out and do a science piece, but when I saw a survey come out with some alarming statistics about the monarch butterfly population in Mexico, I thought that would be a good way to localize that to Vermont (where the monarch is the state butterfly).

So I went and talked to a conservation biologist who works with insects in the state — and he had both good news and bad news. The good news is that given the right conditions, the butterflies can reproduce rapidly. The bad news is that there has been a downward trend for a decade that may not get better soon.

It aired on WCAX at 6 p.m. on March 21, 2013 and again the next morning on my show.

The citizen science aspect of it was particularly interesting to me, since it was not the first time I’d encountered it doing a science piece. It seems to be a growing trend within the science community, to get people involved. And new technology has in many ways, I think, made that possible. It accomplishes two goals: educating the public and getting data (when, like he said, there just aren’t enough researchers or funding to do it).

I’m curious to see where this trend goes in the future — I think it will be interesting.

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

March 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

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