Karner blue butterfly http://michiganradio.org en Enthusiasts note lack of butterflies in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/enthusiasts-note-lack-butterflies-michigan <p>FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Enthusiasts across Michigan want to know: Where are the butterflies this year?<br><br>The Detroit Free Press says official data are being collected by monitoring groups around the state.<br><br>But anecdotally, it's not looking great.<br><br>Just ask Joe Derek.<br><br>Butterflies are absent from Derek's naturally landscaped property in Farmington Hills, where he grows 2 acres of native plants known to draw the fluttering beauties.<br> Sat, 06 Jul 2013 16:39:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13396 at http://michiganradio.org Enthusiasts note lack of butterflies in Michigan U.S. Forest Service restoring endangered butterfly habitat in West Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/us-forest-service-restoring-endangered-butterfly-habitat-west-michigan <p>The Karner blue butterfly, an endangered species native to parts of the Midwest, including Michigan, is getting some help from the U.S. environmental authorities.</p><p>The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>The U.S. Forest Service is restoring a savannah-type landscape in the southern part of the Manistee National Forest to create habitat for the endangered Karner blue butterfly.<br /><br />Officials say the work will take place this summer in Muskegon and Oceana counties. The goal is to create a grassy environment that will promote growth of colorful lupine plants, on which the butterflies feed during their caterpillar stage.<br /><br />Other species that thrive in such a setting include Hill&#39;s thistle, the golden-winged warbler, dusted skipper, and eastern box turtle. It&#39;s also good for game species such as wild turkey, white-tailed deer and ruffed grouse.<br /><br />The Forest Service will remove some trees and set controlled fires to develop the savannah habitat. It also will close many unauthorized &quot;two-track&quot; roads that cause erosion.</p></blockquote><p>More information about efforts to protect the Karner blue can <a href="http://environmentreport.org/story.php?story_id=1251">be found on the Environment Report</a>, or if you are feeling festive, consider attending the <a href="http://downtownblackriverfalls.net/karnerblue">Karner Blue Butterfly Festival&nbsp; </a>this summer in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:02:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7836 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Forest Service restoring endangered butterfly habitat in West Michigan