Developers threaten rare Californian butterflies

This video from the USA says about itself:

Ken McIntire of San Bruno Mountain Watch speaking to Bay Area Virgina Tech Alumni about current threats to the Northeast Ridge and the Callippe Silverspot Butterfly.

From the San Mateo County Times in the USA:

Deadline nears for comment on plan to protect butterflies on San Bruno Mountain

By Sean Maher

Posted: 08/29/2009 06:20:00 PM PDT
Updated: 08/29/2009 07:28:27 PM PDT

SAN BRUNO — Monday is the deadline for county residents to speak up about likely changes to a plan that deals with protecting endangered butterflies on San Bruno Mountain, officials said.

At stake is an amendment that would allow the final stage of a decades-old plan to build housing on the northeastern ridge of San Bruno Mountain, which is home to two endangered species of butterfly: the Callippe Silverspot and Mission Blue butterflies.

Callippe silverspot butterfly

The San Bruno Mountain Habitat Conservation Plan is about 27 years old, and would allow Brookfield Homes to complete a housing development by building 71 houses on 20 acres of land, which is about half the scope of the developer’s original proposal. …

Kevin McIntire, executive director of San Bruno Mountain Watch, a nonprofit that has been fighting the development plan, called habitat conservation plans “loopholes in the Endangered Species Act that allow for development in ways that damage endangered species.”

McIntire said the San Bruno Mountain plan, which was first drafted in 1982, is based on outdated research that doesn’t assess the current condition of the butterflies or their habitat, and called for additional research before any final decisions are made. …

Anyone wishing to submit a comment before the hearing can contact Sam Herzberg of the San Mateo County Parks Department at 650-363-1823,, or by mail at 455 County Center in Redwood City, 94063.

This video from the USA is called Biologists are lending a helping hand to the endangered Mission Blue butterfly.

The Gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanilla) is one of the showiest butterflies in California: here.

How much did the U.S. spend in 2007 to protect endangered species? Here.

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