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Professor Nick Haddad says the rarest butterflies should be saved, because “People just should not be the cause of extinction.” Haddad, who is also senior terrestrial ecologist at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners has written a new book about rare butterflies. 


Nick Haddad catching St. Francis' Satyr photo by Melissa McGaw
Melissa McGaw

Professor Nick Haddad says some butterflies and insects are declining at an alarming rate. Haddad, who is also senior terrestrial ecologist at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners says “habitat is part of that, climate change is probably part of that, but we don’t know the one smoking gun to stop that decline.” Haddad is the author of a new book on rare butterflies.


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The director of the Michigan Butterfly Network says that butterflies can be an indicator of the overall health of an ecosystem. Ashley Wick says that’s why they are seeking citizen scientists to track butterflies in the Kalamazoo area and statewide.