A monarch's view of the city: urban monarch landscape conservation design
The monarch butterfly is in trouble - monarch butterfly habitat has declined throughout most of the United States. Population levels have also exhibited a long-term downward trend with empirical evidence suggesting that loss of habitat is a major factor amongst other threats in driving declines . Preliminary research results from the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership indicates that stabilizing monarch populations will require a "conservation strategy across all land types" - including urban areas. In an effort to connect people with nature in urban areas, the research aimed to answer how best to conserve monarchs in urban areas along the monarchs' central flyway that connects it's over wintering sites in central Mexico to the landscapes of the Midwest. Within Chicago, how much and what are the types of potential habitat? How much of this is likely to be converted? And what are some strategies for increasing the overall amount of habitat?