Feb 11, 2015

US to spend $3.2 million to help monarch butterfly

Note: This is a transnational problem. Note that in this case the United States is confronting it by taking on its responsibility within in its own territory. Why not address organized crime in the same way--start at home instead of militarizing the continent?

AP: The federal government on Monday pledged $3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly, the iconic orange-and-black butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles (kilometers) between the U.S. and Mexico each year. In recent years, the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population, with the lowest recorded population occurring in 2013-2014.

About $2 million will restore more than 200,000 acres (81,000 hectares) of habitat from California to the Midwest, including more than 750 schoolyard habitats and pollinator gardens. The rest will be used to start a conservation fund — the first dedicated solely to monarchs — that will provide grants to farmers and other landowners to conserve habitat. Read more. 

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