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Climate Change and Habitat Destruction Affect Butterfly Populations

January 12, 2010

butterfly, Anna blue Butterfly populations in California are declining and, in some cases, moving to higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada due to climate change and loss of habitat, according to a study authored by biologist Matthew Forister, a University of Nevada, Reno, professor in the College of Science. "Butterflies are used as indicators of the health of the environment worldwide. What's happening here is a globally recognized pattern, though this study is unique in representing North America." Full Story

University of Nevada, Reno

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