Texas’ new license plate will help conserve the state’s monarch butterfly population

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – Soon you will be able to drive in style while helping to conserve the monarch butterfly population in Texas.

Texas Parks and Wildlife is launching a license plate for the conservation of monarch butterflies on Monday, June 21. Money raised from plaque purchases will go towards conservation efforts for butterflies and other native Texas species.

“The monarch butterfly is a beautiful and iconic species in that it is one of nature’s great migration stories,” said John Davis, director of TPWD’s wildlife diversity program, in A press release.

TPWD said monarch butterflies migrate through Texas from Mexico in the spring to the northern United States and Canada. Then return south in the fall to spend the winter in Mexico.

Davis said the species is endangered as the wintering population has experienced a significant decline over the past decade.

“By adding the monarch to our plate family, we hope to increase support for this beautiful migration event and, through our conservation efforts, shed light on the future of this species and many others,” Davis said in a statement. .

The public was able to vote on their favorite design for the Monarch Butterfly license plate last September, TPWD said. The drawing represents their migration to the north.

TPWD’s license plate program has raised approximately $ 10 million over the past two decades for wildlife and habitat conservation in Texas. Different plates feature blue caps, hummingbirds, white-tailed deer, horned lizards and more. They all cost $ 30 per year.

The plaques will officially launch on June 21, but you can sign up for an email alert to remind you. View all TPWD plate models online here.

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