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Red Wolves Adopted into the Wild

red wolf. Photo: USFWS

red wolf. Photo: USFWS


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For ages, wolves have been hunted and killed by humans. They have been vilified immensely, coming close to extinction in the recent past. Some animal welfare organizations are trying to save wolves from this fate:

“Two small red wolf pups just joined their new foster family in the wild. The young wolves are crucial additions to an endangered species that is slowly recovering from the brink of extinction.
The biggest danger for these endangered red wolf pups and their foster families is being killed by poachers who are hunting them down.
Through a red wolf recovery program in eastern North Carolina, a few pups born in captivity every year are placed in dens to be fostered by wild parents. And the program has worked wonderfully! The pups are usually embraced by their new parents, learn to survive in their natural habitat and eventually go off to have their own families.
Right now, only about 100 red wolves exist in the wild—so the survival of the two young pups is crucial.
But these endangered red wolf pups may never have a chance to grow up and reproduce in the wild if they are killed by poachers who are breaking the law.”

Please read more about this program at
http://blog.nwf.org/2014/03/red-wolves-an-endangered-species-in-peril/?s_subsrc=Web_Small__Home_EndangeredRedWolves

You can learn more about red wolves at
http://www.endangeredwolfcenter.org/educational-resources/red-wolf/

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Butterflies Need Food, too

National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation

bumble bee - National Wildlife Federation

bumble bee – National Wildlife Federation

monarch butterflies

monarch butterflies

In a world without bees and butterflies we humans will probably not last very long.
Pollination is mainly done by bees and butterflies, but there often is nothing for them to feed on.

“About 75% of flowering plants rely on pollinators, such as the graceful monarch butterfly.
But sadly, pollinators — especially monarchs — are on the decline worldwide. In fact, in California alone, the number of overwintering monarchs up and down the coast since the mid-1990’s has declined by nearly 90 percent.

Since Pollinator Week is June 16-22, there’s no better time than now to help these beautiful, hard workers and a great way to do so is to turn your yard or garden into a welcoming haven.

The best way to both help monarchs and attract them to your yard is to provide milkweed—an important host plant and food source for their caterpillars.

There are many different types of milkweed plants, so be sure to check which are indigenous to your region before planting. Here are five types that are native to the eastern two-thirds of North America, except for showy milkweed, found from the central states west to California and Oregon.

Whorled milkweed prefers really dry and sandy soils. Its white flowers appear between July and September and also entice native bees.
Butterflyweed’s orange flowers attract many butterfly species in addition to monarchs, including tiger, spicebush and pipevine swallowtails.
Common milkweed blooms purplish flowers from early to mid-summer. Be sure to plant with caution, as this plant’s aggressive nature can take over a garden.
Swamp milkweed prefers wet conditions in the wild but many gardeners find that it will also take to the average garden soil.
Showy milkweed boasts clusters of pink, star-shaped flowers and thrives in most western habitats, except deserts and high mountains.”

For more information please go to
http://www.nwf.org/

For more information on monarch butterflies please go to
http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/index.html

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