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The Enterprise — Michael Koff
Set free: Kathy O’Brien, with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, blows a Karner blue butterfly — matching her blue butterfly earrings — off of her finger Thursday morning, July 15, as she releases a recently-bred batch at restored land along Curry Road in Colonie. To help propagate the endangered Karner blue, the DEC partnered with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pine Bush Preserve Commission to breed the butterflies and place them in places they once inhabited.