Aiding fluttering friends in need

February 10, 2015 8:04 AM

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Aiding fluttering friends in need

It happened as farmers and homeowners sprayed herbicides on milkweed plants, which serve as the butterflies' nursery, food source, and home. In an attempt to counter two decades of destruction, the Fish and Wildlife Service launched a partnership with two private conservation groups, the National Wildlife Federation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to basically grow milkweed like crazy in the hopes of saving the monarchs.

Monarch butterflies are a keystone species that once fluttered throughout the United States by the billions. They alight from Mexico to Canada each spring on a trek that requires six generations to complete. Afterward, young monarchs about the quarter of the weight of a dime fly back, resting and di...

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