U.S. Government Pledges $3.2M To Protect Monarch Butterflies
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has pledged $3.2 million to save monarch butterflies, which have seen a 90 percent decrease in population.By Christine Slusser | February 10, 2015
The monarch butterfly, with its orange-and-black wings, is one of the most recognizable butterflies around. But if trends keep up, it might not be around much longer. (Video via U.S. National Park Service)
The monarch's breeding grounds have been destroyed and threatened, leading to a 90 percent drop in its population.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has pledged $3.2 million to save the iconic insect, $2 million of which is going toward rebuilding 200,000 acres of habitat across the nation. The rest of the money will be given out in grants to those helping conserve the milkweed plant.