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How Can Humans Reverse Damage to Mission Blue Butterflies?

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It’s light blue wings flutter softly as it flies from Lupine plant to Lupine plant. Icaricia icarioides missionensis ( Mission Blue Butterfly) was discovered in 1937. Icaricia icarioides missionensis is native to the San Francisco Bay Area of California. It has lost most of it habitat in the region to development , and is thus limited to residing only in the Twin Peaks of San Francisco, Fort Baker in Marin County, and San Bruno Mountain in San Mateo County. Human beings are the main reason for the decline in the Mission Blue’s natural habitat. If something is not done to prevent further damage, and reverse the previous, Icaricia icarioides missionensis will be in danger of becoming extinct. Various wildlife preservation organizations, such as the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, have come up with several methods for attempting to recover the Mission Blue population.

Monitoring Icaricia icarioides missionensis is one way the Golden Gate Recreational Area is attempting to alleviate some of the devastation caused by residential and industrial development in the San Francisco Bay Area. Scientists are attempting to detect trends in the number, and distribution of Mission Blues. This monitoring will help to understand how these trends are affected by different conditions within the region. It will also help us to determine which areas need more protection than others. Milagra Ridge and the Marin Headlands in California are two regions in which the monitoring consists of counting adult butterflies seen in the surrounding grasslands. An alternate form of this monitoring includes tracking Icaricia icarioides missionensis larvae and caterpillars. This overall tracking of the...

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...ricia icarioides missionensis is one method that will allow scientists to understand which areas the butterflies are more populous in order to determine which areas need more protection. Monitoring will also help scientists know which conditions need to be mimicked in order to create a stable environment for the butterflies. Enhancing the Icaricia icarioides missionensis habitat is another plan that can assist in repopulating the species. It will create environments that are conducive to the goal of repopulation. A third plan is the relocation of Icaricia icarioides missionensis butterflies. This plan will remove them from their currently endangered habitats and reintroduce them to a similar, but safer habitat. In conclusion these are three methods with which human beings can attempt to reverse some of the damage they have caused to Icaricia icarioides missionensis.
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