Butterfly Extinct in San Francisco for Decades is Making a Comeback

In San Francisco, a butterfly that’s been extinct in the northern California city since the late 1970s is making a comeback. The Variable Checkerspot Butterfly is now thriving this spring in the Presidio after wildlife ecologists restored their native habitat. The tiny monarchs are easily seen throughout the Presidio, especially near Inspiration Point. They’re currently working on species restoration for another missing San Francisco butterfly, known as the Califonia Ringlet. The Ringlets are being transported from the Marin Headlands and carefully released into the Presidio.