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Migratory Monarch Butterflies Are Listed as an Endangered Species

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"Few species evoke the awe and wonder that the migratory monarch butterfly commands," Sean T. O'Brien, who leads the nonprofit conservation group Nature Serve, says in a statement. "While efforts to protect this species are encouraging, much is still needed to ensure its long-term survival." Monarchs are not only beautiful pollinators, but they're also unique: They're the only known butterflies that make a two-way migration like birds do, per the U.S. Forest Service. Monarchs in eastern North America head south to Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains, while those living in the west head to California's mild coastal regions. In the summer, the butterflies return to locations throughout the United States and Canada to breed.