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This photo, provided by Paul Christiansen, shows Louisiana blue iris, Louisiana's state flower, near the boardwalk at at the Jean Lafitte Wetland Trace on April 7, 2020. The Louisiana Iris Conservation Initiative is iris rescuing Louisiana iris from areas slated for development and planting them at nature preserves.  (Paul Christiansen via AP)

They rescue Louisiana irises to replant nature preserves

Dec. 19, 2020 7:16 PM EST

JEAN LAFITTE, La. (AP) — A group that has rescued and replanted more than 20,000 Louisiana irises since 2017 is holding bring-your-own-shovel events this winter to help save Louisiana’s state wildflower. The Louisiana Iris Conservation Initiative was incorporated as a nonprofit in April. But its...

FILE - In this June 2, 2019, file photo, a fresh monarch butterfly rests on a Swedish Ivy plant soon after emerging in Washington. Trump administration officials are expected to say this week whether the monarch butterfly, a colorful and familiar backyard visitor now caught in a global extinction crisis, should receive federal designation as a threatened species. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Endangered-species decision expected on beloved butterfly

Dec. 14, 2020 12:31 AM EST

Trump administration officials are expected to say this week whether the monarch butterfly, a colorful and familiar backyard visitor now caught in a global extinction crisis, should receive federal designation as a threatened species. Stepped-up use of farm herbicides, climate change and destruction of milkweed...

Officials: Rodents likely destroyed rare plants at mine

Dec. 4, 2020 5:38 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — DNA evidence suggests rodents destroyed part of an area of an extremely rare desert wildflower being considered for endangered species protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday. James Calaway, executive director of the Australian...