Pairing the word endangered with any wildlife species here in North America should send shock-waves through our society. The unfortunate reality is, this type of news is rarely displayed on the front pages of some of our most prominent publications.
The most recently paired string of terms that are a certain cause for concern is the updated status of the iconic Monarch Butterfly. In December 2016, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) announced they were changing the insect’s status from “special concern” all the way up to “endangered.”
Dialing up such an upgrade does not surface based on a hunch from special interest groups, it is based on scientific research and facts.