U.S. creates pollinator conservation center
The steps were announced during a two-day summit at the U.S. Capitol on the monarch butterfly. “If we let the western monarch butterfly go extinct, we’ll lose an iconic, beautiful species, and a critical pollinator, forever,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat.
Haaland said the decline in monarch butterfly populations was a cause for alarm and would require collaborative action to reverse.
In 2020, the Interior Department said the orange-and-black butterfly met the criteria for listing as a threatened or endangered species, but it was put on a waiting list because there were higher-priority cases.