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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River Partners is helping lead a shift in how we restore floodplains and re-value our river forests. River/Shift shares the latest developments on the restoration projects, advances in science and technology, and partnerships that are bringing life back to rivers to benefit the ecosystems, economies and communities of California.