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Michigan lands money to help out pollinators

May 31, 2016

The federal government has a competitive program for state wildlife grants.

Michigan and Wisconsin are getting $500,000 to help protect several species of bees and butterflies that are in trouble.

Jim Hodgson is with the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“They’re partnering together to restore grassland, prairie, and savanna habitats that will benefit the rusty patched bumblebee, the yellow patched bumblebee, monarch butterflies, the frosted elfin, mottled dusty wing butterfly, and the endangered Karner blue butterfly,” he says.

He says the idea is to try to help out species that are in trouble, and try to keep them off the endangered species list.

He says the state of Michigan is planning to restore about 600 acres of habitat and Wisconsin will restore more than 250 acres.

Hodgson says Michigan also received more than $1.3 million under a separate federal wildlife grant program.