First Group of Endangered Butterflies Hatches in Prison

The partnership is coordinated by the Sustainable Prisons Project, a partnership between the Department of Corrections and The Evergreen State College that has made prison operations more cost efficient in addition to creating low-cost offender programs and jobs. The butterfly project is paid for almost entirely through grants.

“This program reinforces the value added by engaging a diversity of conservation partners in endangered species conservation,” said Linders.

The partnership also includes participation from The Oregon Zoo, JBLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Center for Natural Lands Management and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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A Taylor's Checkerspot butterfly.

An offender working in the butterfly program.

An offender checks on the newly hatched Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies. 

By: Maria Peterson, Online Communications Specialist