Pulling Together to Save Israel's Butterflies

Volunteer-based monitoring project seeks to map habitats of endangered species and save them in the process.

Several times each year, dozens of volunteers set out on designated trails around the country and search for butterflies as part of a national monitoring project designed to identify types of butterflies. To the chagrin of the volunteers and the researchers, this identification work has in recent months revealed that many species of butterflies are imperiled, and will face extinction in coming years.