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Michigan and 15 other states work to increase Monarch numbers

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Wildlife officials are taking public comment on a draft plan to help reverse a decline in Monarch butterfly populations.

Michigan is one of more than a dozen states involved in the effort to improve habitat for the pollinator.

Officials said monarch numbers have dropped 80 percent over the last 20 years mainly due to a loss of habitat and nectar sources. The butterflies are not on the endangered species list, but the federal government will review their status next year.

Dan Kennedy is the endangered species coordinator for Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He said partner states will work together, and initiate their own strategies.

“And in Michigan just this past summer we drafted a strategy. So we’re looking to create, restore, or enhance habitat to support monarch butterfly and other pollinators.”

Kennedy said public comment on the the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy is open through the end of the month.

More information and how to submit a comment is here.