• Critical Season to Save Endangered Butterflies

    18 days ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    It's likely that you have never seen, or maybe even heard of, two of Minnesota's vanishing wildlife species. Small in size and increasingly less easy to find, it's understandable why. Both the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling were once fairly common and widespread across western and southern Minnesota. But these butterflies rely on prairie habitat, and as Minnesota lost 99% percent of its native tallgrass prairie, mostly to agriculture, many animals were lost with it.
    Released Dakota skipper butterfly.
    Over the last decade, the Minnesota Zoo has been working with dozens of...
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