GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and exclaims, “I’m flying! I’m flying!”
Moore moves to release the hours-old monarch butterfly onto the boy’s outstretched finger, but the butterfly, its wings a vivid orange and black, has another idea. It banks away, beginning its new life up in the green shelter of a nearby tree.
Monarch butterflies are in trouble, despite efforts by Moore and countless other volunteers and organizations across the United States to nurture the beloved butterfly.
The Trump administration’s new order weakening the Endangered Species Act could well make things worse for monarch butterflies, one of more than 1 million species that are struggling around the globe.
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