Prisoners Help Solve Butterfly Migration Mystery

A maximum-security prison in Washington state was looking for new activities to improve the mental health of inmates serving long-term sentences.
HOR_Butterfly_01_1534136 Source: Floris van Breugel/Nature Picture Library

In what may be the most poetic scientific study ever conducted, dozens of men at a maximum-security prison in Washington state helped uncover migration patterns of West Coast monarch butterflies. The inmates raised and released thousands of the insects over several years so

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