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Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly


A small park in Benton County is home to the largest population of one of the rarest butterflies in the world. Until recently little was known about the Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly, but studies now confirm their numbers are declining. They need a specialized prairie meadow habitat to survive and that habitat is disappearing. See how the Oregon Zoo and some private landowners are trying to bring hope to the survival of this beautiful creature.

First Broadcast: 2005
Producer: Newman

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Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
  • Located in Portland, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation takes a leading role in the effort to protect biodiversity worldwide.
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