BFCI members and partners help provide the critical information used in:

  • creating recovery plans for threatened and endangered butterflies; and
  • managing other imperiled butterflies.

What are recovery plans?

Recovery plans detail the specific tasks needed to recover species on the U.S. List of Threatened and Endangered Species. Recovery plans which are required by law under the Endangered Species Act provide a blueprint for private, Federal and State cooperation in the conservation of threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems.

BFCI helps to fill the information gap

Recovery plans require accurate information about species' life histories, distributions, and population requirements. A critical lack of information has inhibited the development of recovery plans for some species and complicated recovery efforts in other cases. BFCI members and partners are working to close some of the information gaps currently frustrating the development and implementation of solid recovery plans.

BFCI and the Conservation Endowment Fund

BFCI members and contributors are AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, making them eligible to apply for competitive grants from AZA's Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF). Three BFCI members and partners have made good use of CEF funding to promote butterfly research and recovery.

The Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo

The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • In 2004 and 2006, the CEF provided funds to initiate and expand a statewide butterfly monitoring network in Florida (

Butterfly Resources

Learn about basic butterfly biology, butterflies in your area, butterfly gardening, and more.

Species Profiles

BFCI's species profiles — for endangered, threatened, and vulnerable butterfly species in the U.S. — comprise a single-source summary of recovery needs for North America's most imperiled butterflies.