UCLA’s Travis Longcore interviewed on ABC7 regarding California’s declining population of butterflies

January 24, 2020

Travis Longcore, an associate adjunct professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was interviewed on an ABC7 segment about threats to California’s monarch butterfly population and what people can do to help them.

“The California migration had a wintering in the ’80s and perhaps into the early ’90s about [sic.] four and a half, five million butterflies,” Longcore said. “And the latest count for overwintering on the California Coast was 30,000 butterflies.”

Monarchs are important pollinators, but pesticides and global warming are destroying their natural habitat. Longcore urged viewers to curb their use of harmful pesticides and to plant milkweed in their backyards and gardens to reduce.

Watch the segment at ABC7.