WASHINGTON- The federal government is coming to the aid of the monarch butterfly with more than $3 million since the population has declined by 90 percent.
Most of the money goes to restore more than 200,000 acres of habitat from California to the Midwest, including more than 750 schoolyard habitats and pollinator gardens. The remainder goes to start a conservation fund that will provide grants to farmers and other landowners in the habitat areas.
The monarch lays its eggs exclusively on milkweed plant which is greatly reduced due to converting prairies into cropland and using pesticide-resistant crops.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in considering classifying the monarch as a threatened species.
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