Monarch Butterfly Population in California Down 97 Percent

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Saturday, December 8th
It's the time of year when monarch butterflies hunker down for the winter in Santa Cruz and California's other forests.

In the 1980s, as many as 10 million black, orange and white monarchs would spend the colder months in the Golden State. In the last two decades, however, those numbers have dropped by 97 percent.

For more on the decline, KCBS News anchor Susan Kennedy spoke with Gabrielle Canon, a staff reporter at The Guardian who recently wrote about the disappearing monarchs.