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The Karner Blue Butterfly:
Protected Through Partnerships


USFWS/Ann B. Swengel

The Karner blue butterfly occupies pine barrens and oak savannah protected by public agencies and private cooperators in New York and New Hampshire.

A partnership of federal, state, local and private cooperators is working to protect the endangered Karner blue butterfly in remaining parts of its New York habitat. A grant provided through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Recovery Land Acquisition program is helping the partnership acquire additional acres of increasingly rare undisturbed land in the Albany Pine Bush area.

"This partnership of local, state, public and private entities in Albany and Saratoga serves (as) a national model for effective, sensible and collaborative environmental protection," according to U.S. Congressman Mike McNulty. The partnership includes the State of New York, through its Department of Environmental Conservation, Town of Wilton, N.Y., The Nature Conservancy, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park and the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Presents $321,000 for Conservation and Protection of Endangered Karner Blue Butterfly in New York State

    "In a ceremony today at Camp Saratoga in Wilton, N.Y., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presented the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with $321,000 for the conservation and protection of the Karner blue butterfly in New York state."


  • The Karner blue: What is it? Why is it rare? Why should we be concerned?

    CLICK HERE TO LEARN THE FACTS about the Karner blue butterfly.

  • CLICK ON THE PICTURE to see and download a high resolution image (suitable for publication) of a Karner blue butterfly (Lycaedes melissa samuelis). Credit: (1) USFWS, (2) USFWS/Ann B. Swengel


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