Tell USFWS: Monarch butterflies need more protection
Monarch butterflies are precious — and we need to do everything we can to protect them. Add your name to our new petition for butterflies and help us make it clear to the US Fish and Wildlife Service that the public is on the monarchs’ side.
The Threat to Monarch Butterflies
Monarch butterflies need our help — since 1990, nearly 1 billion of these butterflies have vanished.1
The Endangered Species Act has seen incredible success since it was established 45 years ago: 99 percent of the animals listed under the ESA are still with us today.2
Meanwhile, monarch butterflies have seen alarming population declines. And they continue to face threats to their survival — from climate change, to pesticides killing their life-sustaining milkweed plants, and more.3
How You Can Help
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is in the home stretch of the four-year process for deciding whether they’ll list monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We’re working to keep the momentum going, to make sure monarchs get the protection they need to survive.
Monarch butterflies need the proven protection that the Endangered Species Act can provide. Add your name to urge the USFWS to make the right decision and list monarch butterflies as an endangered species today.
We sent more than 40,000 petitions to the USFWS asking them to list the monarch butterfly as endangered in 2014 — and we made important progress! The agency initiated the process to formally evaluate the monarch butterfly — now we need to see this important campaign through to a victory.
Now we need to bring protection for our iconic monarchs over the finish line. The USFWS has just less than one year left to make its final decision. And we can’t let them forget that the public is on the monarchs’ side.
1. Darryl Fears, “The Monarch Massacre: Nearly A Billion Butterflies Have Vanished,” The Washington Post, February, 2015.
2. Kevin Anderton, “After 45 Years The Endangered Species Act Continues To Make Progress,” Forbes, April 23, 2018.
3. Peter Fimrite, “More Bad News For Monarch Butterflies — Study Shows Climate Change’s Devastating Effect,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 2018.