Vox's Brad Plumer reports that, with a decline of 90% in the number of Monarch butterflies, the US Fish & Wildlife Service has announced a year-long review on whether they are "endangered" or "threatened." This might mean legislation designed for their preservation.
[...] on December 29, 2014, the US Fish & Wildlife Service announced it would conduct a year-long "status review." The agency will now collect data on monarch population trends, genetics, habitats, and existing conservation measures — all with an eye to determining how badly the butterflies' habitat is imperiled.
Tierra Curry of the Center for Biological Diversity (one of the groups that petitioned the agency in August) says these reviews don't happen often, so this is a big deal. "It's an acknowledgment of how dire the situation is," she said..
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