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Your canopy is disappearing, you’re likely to freeze.

NASA’s Earth Observatory reports that over 1,110 acres of forest were illegally logged, during the past four years, in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in central Mexico.

Monarch butterflies travel here from all over the United States and Canada. Images from the Ikonos satellite tell us though, that future migrating butterflies are likely have problems in this reserve. The top image is from 2004, the bottom image shows what things are like now.

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NASA’s Earth Observatory

Without the trees to protect them, the butterflies could dehydrate from the increased exposure to the sun or die from the colder temperatures at night.

There’s more info here.

Comments

  1. #1 andy
    March 11, 2008

    /me makes an asinine comment about how those butterflies could have saved those loggers from a hurricane sometime in the future…

  2. #2 Sandra Porter
    March 11, 2008

    You mean the “butterfly effect?”

  3. #3 Timothy K. Hamilton
    March 17, 2008

    Please honor my copyright and Creative Commons license:
    1) You MUST obtain my permission for commercial use – I consider your site commercial, since you have ad revenue.
    2) I require attribution like this “photo by Timothy K. Hamilton” as is stated on my profile page.
    3) flickr also requires that there be a link directly back to the photographer when clicking on the photograph.
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en

  4. #4 Sandra Porter
    March 17, 2008

    Please accept my apologies, Timothy, for the incomplete citation. You’re a wonderful photographer and I did link back to your Flickr page, I’m sorry that I didn’t do it correctly.

    You are wrong about my receiving ad revenue, however, and sort of wrong about this being a commercial site. None of the ScienceBloggers receive ad revenue. Those ads help support the site and Seed magazine.

    I agree, though, the ads do make it hard to know the difference.

  5. #5 Timothy K. Hamilton
    March 22, 2008

    Thanks, Sandra.
    I’ve made changes to my screen name so that the attribution appears more automatically.
    Thanks for using my photo, and please feel free to use them again, unless you become commercial.