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ComEd Marks Earth Day by Improving Habitat for Imperiled Monarch Butterflies

CHICAGO, Apr 22, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- As part its Earth Day celebration and commitment to the environment, ComEd announced today a new effort to help the state’s monarch butterfly population by adjusting the prairiegrass mixture that it has planted for years along Illinois power lines as part of its prairie restoration program. The energy company is increasing the amount of milkweed seed, on which monarch butterflies depend, by more than 30 percent. ComEd made this announcement at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, where experts lauded the move.

The monarch butterfly population has seen a dramatic drop in the last 20 years. In 2014, 90 percent of the population had been lost due to several factors, including losses of food plants in their breeding grounds. Milkweed is a critical plant for monarch butterflies because it is the only nutritional source for monarch caterpillars.

“Many of ComEd’s Rights of Way are in the breeding grounds of the monarch butterflies,” said Isaac Akridge, Vice-President of Support Services for...