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  • A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower.

    Teeing up conservation

    January 29, 2019 | 4 minute readMost people view golf courses as swaths of perfectly cropped and contoured grass, closer to artifice than raw nature. As many golfers can attest, however, most of the golf course outside the boundaries of greens and fairways is wild and unruly, and can be a difficult place to locate an errant ball. “About 70 percent of most golf course acreage is managed for out-of-play areas,” said Dr. Kimberly Erusha, managing director of the U. Learn more...

    A monarch butterfly on a purple plant with bright colors in the background. Photo by Christine Lisiewski.

  • A white sign that reads "Monarch Butterfly Festival, October 27th, St. Marks NWR, 850-925-6121"

    It’s monarch time

    October 24, 2018 | 5 minute readSt. Marks, Florida — And now for a small bit of good news in a part of the country where a hurricane has made nearly every tale bad: The Monarch Butterfly Festival will take place as planned. Walk, drive and — yes — fly to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate that colorful flutterer, Danaus plexippus. The festival is Oct. 27 at a refuge where Hurricane Michael came calling earlier this month. Learn more...

    The festival takes place Oct. 27 at the refuge, located on Apalachee Bay on the Florida Panhandle. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

  • Purple/grey and bright orange flowers bloom in a grassy field.

    Partners join to conserve rare prairie barrens in Kentucky

    August 31, 2017 | 3 minute readMonarch butterflies descend on the fields in droves, drawn by the abundance of milkweed, their favorite pollinator plant. Endangered northern long-eared and Indiana bats swoop through the sky. On the ground, biodiversity abounds, with rare plants like scurf pea and false gromwell. This little Eden - 160 acres now owned by the non-profit Southern Conservation Corps (SCC) – is a combination of forest and extremely rare prairie barrens habitat in Garrard County, a mostly rural county in central Kentucky. Learn more...

    Two species of milkweed, common and butterfly, grow wild in the barrens. Milkweed is a favorite plant of monarch butterflies. Photo by J. Brent Harrel, USFWS.

News

  • A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower.

    Service distributes nearly $50 million to support state wildlife conservation projects

    March 21, 2016 | 3 minute readSpecies across the nation will benefit from almost $50 million in funding allocated to state wildlife agencies by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. The program provides critical support for imperiled species and habitats listed in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. All 50 state and U.S. territorial wildlife agencies have such plans, which proactively protect species in greatest conservation need. “State wildlife agencies are critical in protecting America’s wild places and the animals that live there. Read the full story...

    A monarch butterfly on a purple plant with bright colors in the background. Photo by Christine Lisiewski.

  • A monarch butterfly perched on a bushy plant with bright yellow flowers.

    Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Habitat Council partner to save monarchs

    June 17, 2015 | 3 minute readMonarch populations have drastically declined over the past several years. To advance efforts to save this beautiful orange and black butterfly and its habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) are joining forces with a new cooperative agreement over the next two years to benefit the Monarch butterfly. Since 1988, WHC has promoted habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. Read the full story...

    Monarch fueling up for migration. Photo by Lilibeth Serrano, USFWS.

  • A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower.

    Fish and Wildlife Service partners with Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail to save the monarch butterfly

    June 15, 2015 | 3 minute readPlains, Georgia – The Monarch butterfly got a boost today. As part of a broad, national effort to conserve habitat for the declining Monarch butterfly, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is joining forces with former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter and investing $130,000 to expand the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. The Service’s Southeast Regional Director Cindy Dohner announced the partnership to restore important habitat for the butterfly at a monarch conservation workshop attended by educators from around Georgia. Read the full story...

    A monarch butterfly on a purple plant with bright colors in the background. Photo by Christine Lisiewski.

Podcasts

  • A white, black and yellow caterpillar.

    Monarch conservation

    February 23, 2016 | 1 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The monarch is probably America’s best known butterfly, and the subject of extensive conservation efforts as it has experienced a dramatic decline in recent years, to the point the Fish and Wildlife Service has been asked to place it on the endangered species list. Key to monarch conservation is milkweed. It’s the sole plant used by monarch caterpillars, thus essential for the monarch to complete its life cycle. Learn more...

    Monarch caterpillar. Photo by Edward K. Boggess, USFWS.

  • An orange and black butterfly perched on a purple flower.

    Monarch conservation fund

    February 16, 2016 | 2 minute readTranscript While monarch butterflies are found across the United States — as recently as 1996 numbering some 1 billion — their numbers have declined by approximately 90 percent in recent years, a result of numerous threats. Recently, the Fish and Wildlife Service joined the National Wildlife Federation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in launching a campaign aimed at saving the declining butterfly. A significant part of the effort is simply to engage people to protect and restore monarch habitat here in the United States – especially planting native milkweed and nectar plants, the butterfly’s primary food sources in breeding and migration habitats. Learn more...

    Monarch butterfly. Photo by Tim Lenz, CC BY 2.0.

  • A monarch butterfly perched on a bushy plant with bright yellow flowers.

    Pollinator garden success

    August 31, 2015 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature Staff at the Asheville-based non-profit Monarch Rescue recently reported that monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars were found at a pollinator garden they worked with students to install at Yancey County’s Mountain Heritage High School. The high-school pollinator garden is one of 100 sties recently added to the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trial. The trail, established in April 2013, raises awareness of the monarch’s plight and encourages the conservation of butterflies and their habitats. Learn more...

    Monarch fueling up for migration. Photo by Lilibeth Serrano, USFWS.

  • A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower.

    Tennessee supports monarchs

    June 8, 2015 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Features. On the heels of numerous pollinator gardens being installed in western North Carolina, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced a major effort to help save monarch butterflies. The agency, along with the National Wildlife Federation, Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, Mississippi River Corridor and The Nature Conservancy are partnering with Roundstone Native Seed Company to save the butterflies. Learn more...

    A monarch butterfly on a purple plant with bright colors in the background. Photo by Christine Lisiewski.

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