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Save the Karner blue butterflies.

CONCORD, NH — The NH Fish and Game Department and Praxair/TAFA Inc. are seeking volunteers to help restore habitat for the endangered Karner blue butterfly on Saturday June 4, 2016, from 9 a.m. – noon in Concord. Volunteers will plant wild blue lupine (Lupinus perenis), the sole food source for the caterpillars.

For more information and to sign up, visit newengland.stewardshipnetwork.org.  If you have questions, contact Rebecca Segelhurst at rebecca.segelhurst@wildlife.nh.gov or Heidi Holman at (603) 271-3018.

“Praxair/TAFA Inc. has been working with New Hampshire Fish and Game to enhance the unique biodiversity present on our property here in Concord, New Hampshire,” said  Scott Fogg from Praxair.

“This is one of a few locations in New Hampshire that our state butterfly lives, and part of the only population in New England.  Over the past four years, our staff has facilitated the propagation and planting of over 1,600 lupine and nectar plants.  We would like to share our efforts with the community and use their help to continue the success.”

Karner blue butterflies are a federally endangered species that live in the Pine Barrens of Concord, New Hampshire.  The loss of their food source, wild lupine, to fire suppression and development has led to the species decline across their range.  Restoration of pine barrens through timber harvesting, mowing and prescribed burning also supports dozens of other wildlife species that live in this unique ecosystem.  Volunteers will be planting several hundred lupine plants and additional nectar flowers on a site that was recently cleared to create habitat for the species.

“This time of year, we are hoping that you will have the opportunity to see the brilliant colors of the Karner Blue flying and the wild lupine in bloom. It will be a great day and a great opportunity to get outdoors and help native New Hampshire wildlife,” said Fogg.

The Praxair Foundation supports non-profit organizations in the communities where they live and work.  In 2015, Praxair’s Global Giving Program contributed $6.4 million to help support our communities, provide educational opportunities, promote diversity and inclusion, improve access to health and wellness programs, and preserve and protect the environment around the world.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program is coordinating the restoration of the Karner blue butterfly in New Hampshire. Learn more about this project at www.wildnh.com/nongame/project-kbb.html.


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