.:: endangered phenomenology ::.
Written by biotica   
Saturday, 05 May 2007 18:00

danaus"An endangered phenomenon is a spectacular aspect of the life history of an animal or plant species involving a large number of individuals that is threatened with impoverishment or demise; the species per se need not be in peril, rather, the phenomenon it exhibits is at stake.The vision of the near future is darkened with increasing numbers of species reduced in range and so constrained in numbers that they can no longer exhibit these characteristic spectacles."

This year's return of Danaus plexipus to North America continues on a recovery cycle from the 2004 hard winter freeze in the Sierra of Michoacan. Last spring's visit before the return was impressionable, but the reality is that the continued decline of the Oyamel fir forest in the biosphere reserves above Angangueo will be the last stand for this endangered migration in the not too distant years. The phenomenology that is etched into the memory of North American Grade Schoolers, when they capture their first monarch caterpillar and the magic of metamorphosis is witnessed, may soon become one more mythical legend - a whisper of how a seemingly simple lifeform could make a 3500km journey, in the form of a flutter of colored paper riding the winds across an entire continent.

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