What This Butterfly Whisperer Did In His Backyard Is A Miracle Of Science.

Sometimes it only takes one person to make a change. In the case of the declining California Pipevine Swallowtails (Battus philenor hirsuta), iridescent blue butterflies, that one person was Tim Wong.

In the 20th century, these butterflies were commonly found throughout San Francisco, where Wong now works as an aquatic biologist at the California Academy of Sciences. However, the species began to disappear as development projects disrupted their habitat. Today, they are rarely spotted in the area.

Beginning in 2013, Wong decided to build a home for the rare butterflies in his own backyard. He tended to the enclosement diligently and continued to carefully raise, introduce, and monitor the butterflies in what he humbly describes as an "informal conservation effort."

Three years later, the beautiful butterflies have returned. With plans to support them at the SF Botanical Garden's California Native Garden, it looks like they are here to stay.

Continue reading to learn about how one man was able to revive a declining species. http://www.lifebuzz.com/butterfly-whisperer/

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  • San Francisco Botanical Gardens, 100 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, California, 94118, America