Fewer than 100 Mount Charleston blue butterflies are left in the world -- clinging to life in southern Nevada. Now's our chance to move beyond this sobering reality and make sure they get the habitat protection they urgently need to survive.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting comments on a critical habitat proposal that could go far toward protecting these gorgeous blue butterflies. But to stave off the butterflies' extinction, the proposal needs a couple of changes.
Specifically the agency must include and restore former butterfly habitat that's currently unoccupied. Improper forest management is the reason these butterflies are no longer there -- if it's restored, they'll return. The Service must also move trespassing horses that are stomping these butterflies' host plants.
Take action-- tell the Service to revisit its critical habitat proposal and give Mount Charleston blue butterflies a more dependable lifeline.
September 11, 2014 Action Alert ID# 161
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