Urgent action alert from Environment Iowa
The monarch butterfly population has collapsed to the point at which all monarchs can fit onto just a few football fields.
There are 16 million fewer monarchs than there were this time last year, and by some estimates, the monarch population is just a third of what it was 25 years ago.1
This beautiful creature and essential pollinator has been pushed to the brink of extinction. It isn’t too late to save them, but we need to act quickly. Chip in today to stand with monarch butterflies.
The monarch is critical to our environment, pollinating crops and feeding birds and other insects. That’s why we’re asking the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to protect monarchs under the Endangered Species Act before it’s too late.
From damage caused by climate change to widespread use of herbicides that have killed milkweed, the monarch’s main source of food, we know that human activity is responsible for much of the monarch die off. And it’s our responsibility to step up and protect them.
Monarch butterflies migrate north from Mexico every spring, and each year, the World Wildlife Fund measures the population before it starts its trek.
This year, the area the population occupied was 15 percent smaller than that of last year, down to just a few hectares. The butterfly species has suffered for years due to deforestation, including illegal avocado plantations in butterfly preserves.2
Of course we’re still working to tackle climate change, defend public lands and save the bees –– but we need to protect the monarch butterfly as well. We’re pushing to have the monarch declared an endangered species so we can do more to protect this valuable creature. Will you donate today to help save the monarch butterfly, and support other vital environmental campaigns?
Thank you for your support,
1. Mia Rabson, “Extreme weather, forest loss behind sharp drop in monarch butterfly spottings,” The Province, March 6, 2018.
2. Mark Stevenson, “Mexico finds illegal avocado plantation in Monarch reserve,” The Seattle Times, February 21, 2018.
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