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Free Outdoor Adventure Talk: Butterfly Conservation in New Hampshire

Contact:
Mark Beauchesne: (603) 271-6355
Heidi Holman: (603) 271-2461

April 9, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. -- Learn what biologists are doing to help New Hampshire’s rare and endangered butterflies at a free talk being offered at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.

 

You’ll hear about an exciting new regional project starting this summer in the pine barrens of Concord, N.H.  The N.H. Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program is teaming up with other states in the Northeast to begin a five-year study on pollinators in this dry sandy habitat.  The Concord pine barrens is home to the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, which has been making a gradual recovery in the state.  To learn more about the Karner blue butterfly project, visit: wildnh.com/nongame/project-kbb.html.

 

N.H. Fish and Game biologists are now beginning research on the state endangered frosted elfin butterfly that relies on the same wild lupine as a host plant.

 

Up in the remote heights of the White Mountains, another rare butterfly is fighting for survival. The White Mountain fritillary makes its home in the treeless alpine zone of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, feeding on the nectar of alpine goldenrod and asters. The fritillary is listed as state-endangered because it faces persistent threats from climate change, habitat damage, and collecting. The Nongame Program will soon begin monitoring and outreach efforts to help this rare butterfly.

 

The familiar monarch butterfly is also in serious trouble. Now considered a species of greatest conservation need, this beautiful orange butterfly has been decimated by pesticides, habitat decline, and increased use of herbicides that reduce the milkweed it feeds upon. New Hampshire Fish and Game biologists have a lead role and represent all of the northeastern fish and wildlife agencies in the Monarch Joint Venture, a coordinated national effort to save this iconic species.

 

 


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