Karner Blue Butterfly
In 1983, there were about 3,700 Karner blue butterflies in New Hampshire. By 2000 they had completely disappeared from the Granite State landscape. Thanks to an intense reintroduction program, these delicate creatures are once again mating and reproducing in the New Hampshire wild, but they remain endangered. We need to protect the future of the Karner blue in New Hampshire, one of the few remaining states where it survives.
Zoo New England staff has made several trips to Concord, N.H., to participate in the Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Restoration Project, which aims to expand the Karner blue butterfly population by restoring the very particular habitat it needs to survive.
Bringing Back the Karner Blue
In 2000, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New Hampshire Fish and Game began the Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Restoration Project at the Concord Pine Barrens in Concord, N.H., with the goal of restoring and maintaining the Pine Barrens and reintroducing the Karner blue to New Hampshire by releasing captive-reared butterflies into the area.