Here I am. In the South Eastern portion of a state named after Flowers.
I just saw a Monarch butterfly float past the window. It's February and I do see them daily, I didn't think much of it.
The other day I was sitting in my Jeep. I was at Pompano Airpark in the south eastern parking lot. Putting on my inline skates for a workout. A Monarch butterfly floated between me and the next car of to do whatever it was that butterflies do.
They are here. But in a state named after Flowers you would expect that. Lots of nice Nectar to drink, places to visit, fields to float through.
Along with my favorite Monarchs are Swallowtails and others, flashing black and yellow in their own dazzling display while floating on the breezes.
Then I get home and am confronted with a rather frightening news story screaming that their numbers are Below 1% and Heading towards extinction!
Pretty shouty and frightening titles if you ask me.
Those two links I have above? Almost Word For Word copies of each other. If you click on the links, expect to have more shouty advertisements for bogus things that you were not interested in popping up on you shilling some nonsense that you will never follow through with.
Any time you find that the majority of the search of a specific phrase, pick your search engine, I have been using Duckduckgo.com lately, are identical in a search - think fake news.
Those who support that sort of ... prank have been busy in recent years.
At any rate, any time you see something like that, it's a red flag. Keep your antivirus programs and your ad blockers up to date, someone has a farm of web pages, none of which really are all that worthwhile.
If you are in the west and are witnessing a drop in the numbers, plant butterfly weed and milkweed.
Even if you aren't, it's a good idea.
As for me? Any time I get a web site throwing up a nonsensical pop up urging me to sign onto their newsletter list, I immediately go in and start blocking things.
It's a sure sign it's not really worth bothering with.
And plant some milkweed, ok? After all the Monarchs really could use our help.