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Posted Tue Jul 24 2012: from Toronto Star:
Monarch butterfly population at risk as habitat declines due to climate change
The poster child for conservation is at risk of being at risk. Environmental groups across the country are stepping up efforts to increase the population of monarch butterflies as the insects face being designated as a species at risk. They're currently an international species of concern. The monarch butterfly is like the canary in the coal mine of climate change and conservation, said Maxim Larrivee, the University of Ottawa professor who developed, an online database of butterfly observation. "The monarch is a huge flag bearer for conservation, education and science. The impact it has on advocating or teaching aspects of science to young kids is enormous," he said. But they also have an important role in nature.
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'Doc Jim says:
Poster child ... canary in the coalmine ... flag bearer ... so much to bear for those diaphanous wings!

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