TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded a nearly $250,000 grant to seven Oklahoma tribes to restore important monarch habitat on tribal lands and create in-state sources for much-needed milkweed production.
The Tulsa World reports the award is part of a first round of 22 grants totaling $3.3 million for projects across the country deemed most important to recovery of the iconic orange-and-black butterflies.
Monarchs are found throughout the U.S. and are known to just about any school-aged child who’s learned about the insect life cycle from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
Recently, the monarch population has plunged from an estimated 1 billion to less than 60 million. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined the decline is due to loss of milkweed and native flowering plants.