Monarchs and Milkweed by Anurag Agrawal. Published by Princeton University

Like most people I have seen the steady decline in the monarch population. I have also notices that milkweed, a once ubiquitous plant here in Maine is also on the decline. Here, Agrawal explores and explains the connections between the two species, each of which are dependent on one another for survival. Because of climate change, increasing development in once wild areas and the wide-spread use of pesticides, both monarchs and milkweed are in jeopardy. The author uses this information as a canary n the mine scenario and as a warning about the implications on the rest of life on earth. A highly readable book for anyone interested in the intricacies of life and biodiversity

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