Butterfly Effect

Chico News & Review

Last year, River Partners restored more than 30,000 milkweed plants leading the largest monarch recovery effort in the West. Now, we’re seeing a butterfly effect. Monarchs, whose populations dropped 99.9% since the 1980s, are returning to restored sites where they weren’t seen last year alongside a spectrum of pollinators, and birds that feed on insects. Native plants and insects are the foundations of our ecosystems: everything eats native plants or insects, or something that eats one of those things. We’re thrilled to see these systems rebounding, giving us hope for the endangered Western monarch butterfly.

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