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"This year's numbers are concerning to researchers. This time last year they were counting about 130 monarchs an hour; this year it's only about 28. "The theory that's being put forth now and I do think it's true, is that there's a lot of variation on the health of the population due to what's going on up here," said Zemaitis.
With loss of habitat being a big factor in the declining numbers, researchers encourage people to start a butterfly garden. Sometimes it's as easy as just leaving certain plants in your yard, rather than yanking them out like another unwanted weed. "A lot of people don't like milkweed and rip it out," said Zemaitis, "that's causing a major problem.""