An orange and black butterfly called the Quino checkerspot once flourished from the Santa Monica Mountains down into northern Baja California and could be found throughout San Diego County.
The butterfly is now on the verge of disappearing. Its last bastions include an area east of Otay Lake, poised to become a major new housing development.
There are at least three projects that may impact the butterfly’s habitat in Otay, home to some of the species’ strongest populations. One project specifically is coming forward and forcing the county to consider the butterfly.
“It used to be one of the most common butterflies in SoCal,” said Dan Silver, CEO of Endangered Habitats League. “Now it’s on the verge of extinction.”
The crucial project, called Otay Village 13, is expected to come before the County’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors this year, but it’s facing a hurdle with the butterfly.
Most species on the federal endangered species list are included in the county’s Multiple Species Conservation Program. Through the program, each part of the county tries to protect biodiversity and endangered species through a network of habitat preserves and open space. When developers want to build in an area where a species is found, they counteract the damage by creating habitat elsewhere.
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I think entire species should be made extinct by our wants. We have what, 8 billion or so humans on the planet? How will we ever reach 10 billion and beyond if we don't keep bulldozing?
Oh for heaven's sake... we have plenty of butterflies.This sounds like another fundraising scheme for the environmental lawyers