The US Fish and Wildlife Service was the first organizations which took the initiative in saving the monarch butterfly species this week after multiple wildlife organizations have decided to make efforts to save the butterfly population from getting extinct.
On Thursday the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that they sent people invitations in order to contribute with donations to their crowd funding. The organization plans to collect 20 million dollars which are to be used for the conservation and perpetuation of the monarch butterfly population.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Dan Ashe announced at the event that conservationists and scientists will join their efforts in order to brink the monarch butterfly population back from the brink and restore their natural habitat. They also said that besides the 20 million dollar crowd funding they will also develop other projects.
The first state which will see milkweed seeded in the area will be Minnesota. Plants that are beneficial for the reproduction of the monarch butterfly species will also be cultivated in the Interstate 35 area between Duluth and Texas.
The sum of 20 million dollars will be used for the preservation efforts which are to be made in the next years: four million dollars will be distributed each year for the following five years in order to support the initiatives of scientists who are trying to preserve the habitat of the monarch butterfly.
Soon after the event officials from the White House declared that they support this initiative. They remarked that the monarch butterfly is an important species which has an essential role in pollinating the fauna and that is the main reason why efforts should be made in order to prevent their extinction especially since data shows that over the past years the population of monarch butterflies has decreased alarmingly.
This species of butterfly is in fact an iconic symbol for the United States so this is also a good reason why conservationists are so willing to contribute to this cause. Scientists say that citizens themselves can also contribute to these efforts by creating tiny monarch butterfly habitats in their gardens. The only thing they have to do is seed various types of salvia, milkweed or other nectar flowers which enable females to lay their eggs there in the winter months. Even though it is a small effort it has a great impact on the monarch butterfly population of North America.
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