Mardon skipper butterfly gets no protection; 10,000 people attend cat video festival

Rare West Coast mardon skipper butterfly doesn’t get endangered species protection

Mardon Skipper Butterfly
Photo Credit: Tom Kogut, U.S. Forest Service

Historically, Mardon skipper butterflies were collected from three counties in Washington, including Klickitat, as well as southern Oregon and northern California. But because of grassland losses their numbers have been reduced substantially.

However, today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that it has found the Mardon skipper in far more places than were known when the butterfly was first considered for protection. See the rest of the story in the Oregonian, and find out more about the Mardon skipper at the The Butterfly Conservation Initiative website.

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10,000 people show up for Cat Video Film Festival

OK, they’re not in the Gorge, but the 10,000 people who showed up in Minneapolis to watch cat videos indicate just how much joy our feline friends bring us. See the rest of the story in the New York Times.

And you really must  view “Henri 2: Paw de Deux,” which won the festival’s Golden Kitty award.

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