Applaud Protection of Rare Island Butterfly

Target: Aurelia Skipwith, Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Goal: Applaud actions that finally classified rare butterfly as endangered.

The rare island marble butterfly is one step closer to making a comeback in its native habitat of the San Juan Islands in Washington state. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, after years of pleading from researchers, has finally granted endangered species status to the insect. Thank the government body for its actions.

The butterfly, known for its green and white wings, disappeared from its habitat in Canada in 1908. Researchers feared it was extinct until the late 20th century when it was discovered in Washington. Since then, they have asked that the species be protected. Over 97 percent of its habitat on the San Juan Islands was lost due to construction and pesticide use.

With its endangered species status, a portion of its habitat will now be protected. Local, state, and federal regulatory actions will be put in place, and federal funds will help with conservation efforts. These efforts will go a long way to help improve the species’ chances of survival. Sign the petition to thank the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for making the decision to protect the species.


Dear Director Skipwith,

For over two decades, researchers and conservationists have fought for the protection of the rare island marble butterfly. It was thought to be extinct until the late 20th century when it was found in Washington state. Since then, 97 percent of its habitat has been lost due to construction and pesticides.

By labeling the species as endangered, it will now receive the local, state, and federal support it needs to thrive. By setting aside a piece of its habitat for preservation, the species may soon make a much-needed comeback. Thank you for protecting and preserving the island marble butterfly.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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One Comment

  1. Gillian Miller says:

    Wow, what got into them, they are usually trying to kill and deregister endangered species.

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