in the News
Population Rebounds, Deforestation Continues
devastating storm of
January 2002, which killed an estimated 75% of the last year's overwintering
monarchs, scientists were surprised and relieved by the results of this
winter's survey, just released. This year's population covers an estimated
surface area of 8 hectares--nearly 20 acres. This compares to an average
coverage of 9.6 hectares, according to measurements made annually during
the past decade.
data this winter indicate that the monarchs are moving back toward their
average population size, which is very encouraging news," said
Dr. Lincoln Brower. "But until illegal logging is halted in Mexico's
butterfly sanctuaries, the monarchs remain increasingly vulnerable from
exposure to storms and loss of habitat."
who measured the colonies this year witnessed illegal logging activities
in the core zone of the reserve, in addition to heavy cutting in the
parts of the buffer zone.
News is Made
A "press release" is a public statement given to the media by
a person, agency or organization, with the goal of receiving press coverage.
The press release above was issued jointly by three organizations: The
Mexican government, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Monarch Butterfly
Sanctuary Foundation. Within 48 hours, hundreds of news organizations,
such as these, came out with the story:
- Compare the headlines, content, wording, and information
sources in each of the stories. How are they similar and different
from the press release?
- If you wrote the headlines, what wording would you
Did You Know?
- If your local newspaper missed this story, you can
send the press release to a reporter. Learn how the news-making process
works for yourself!
National Science Education
Science as Inquiry
Mathematics is important in all aspects of scientific inquiry. (5-8)
Humans depend on their natural and constructed environments. Humans
change environments in ways that can be either beneficial or detrimental
for themselves and other organisms. (K-4)
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Changes in environments can be natural or influenced by humans. Some
changes are good, some are bad, and some are neither. Pollution is a
change in the environment that can influence the health, survival, or
activities of organisms, including humans. (K-4)
National Geography Standards
Environment and Society
How human actions modify the physical environment.
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