“What we’re worried about is the rate of decline,” a conservation biologist at Michigan State University said. “It’s very easy to imagine how very quickly this butterfly could become even more imperiled.”
Recently, the number of monarch butterflies observed in California hit its lowest point ever, but something caused a turnaround in this year’s count.
The chicks, who aren’t quite ready to fly or swim, keep stumbling off into the water from two anchored 180-foot-long barges, according to officials.
Rescuers are retrieving birds from the water—scooping them up with a net—and transporting them to a clinic in San Pedro. At the clinic, the young birds are then evaluated, dried, and warmed to stabilize their condition.
Congratulations are in order for Aquarium of the Pacific President and CEO Jerry R. Schubel, who was named the 2015 Conservator of the Year by the Bolsa Chica Conservancy.
Water-thirsty lawns are quickly becoming a thing of the past in Long Beach. We are now seeing yards that provide outdoor rooms for entertainment or meandering walkways surrounded by beautiful plants. Why? Because of a unique and very sustainable program Long Beach has designed to save water, which is quickly becoming a very precious resource. Southern Californians have survived periodic water shortages in the past by temporarily reducing water usage during the drought seasons. Because of the permanent decrease in imported water, the Long Beach residents now have a more permanent solution, thanks to our own water department.