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Can an Interstate Bug Highway Save the Monarch Butterflies?

The proposed “butterfly corridor” will stretch 1,500 miles to help protect one of the world’s most amazing migrating creatures.

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Every year, monarch butterflies take on an astounding multi-generational migration, traveling thousands of miles from Canada and the Northern United States to the South and Mexico. Like humans on a mission to colonize Mars, these brave little insects are undertaking a one-way journey; when they reach their destination they will lay eggs and die, leaving their offspring to complete the round trip without them.

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The Campaign to Save the Nearly One Billion Lost Butterflies

The terrifying impact caused by the butterfly effect

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Save the pandas. Save the polar bears. Save the bald eagles. Some threatened animals will inevitably receive more press than others, but what’s shocking is the lack of dialogue surrounding the disappearance of 970 million monarch butterflies since 1990, an alarming statistic according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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