Turning Roadsides into Conservation Reserves.
Monarch butterflies once coursed through North America in clouds so dense they darkened the sky. Now their migrations have dwindled to an uncertain trickle. The species could become the 21st century’s passenger pigeon, a once-omnipresent species driven to extinction. But there’s hope: In a literally last-ditch effort, ecologists hope to save the black-and-orange beauties by creating habitat along Interstate 35, which runs from Texas to Minnesota and tracks a major monarch migration route. The country’s forgettable roadsides could seed the monarchs’ salvation. (2015) Wired magazine.