Tribes help regrow milkweed to restore monarch butterflies
OKLAHOMA CITY — Chip Taylor never expected to become a landscape ecologist.
But as he watched monarch butterflies on a downward spiral — as a powerful herbicide killed off the only plant that feeds their caterpillar — he realized he needed to find places to grow milkweed in order to save the orange-and-black butterfly.
Twenty years ago, a billion monarchs flittered through the skies. Their population plunged a staggering 95 percent by the end of last year, when about 56 million remained.