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ENDANGERED BUTTERFLY RELEASED AT FINLEY:OPTIMISM FOR STABLE POPULATION

The Corvallis Gazette Times (5/23/2014) article: "Bringing back a rare butterfly at Finley" documented the recent attempts to restore populations of the Fender's blue butterfly, endemic to the Willamette Valley in Oregon, that has been on the endangered list for 14 years. The release site itself has been restored with native plants including Kinkaid's lupine that is a host plant for the insect's developing eggs and larvae.

Observations of Fender's blue eggs at the site following the release, give the researchers some confidence that the reintroduction will be successful.

Funds for the reintroduction and restoration projects are part of a four-year, $650,000 USFWS cooperative recovery grant