Save Monarch Butterflies from Extinction

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

Goal: List the monarch butterfly as an endangered species.

The monarch butterfly is on the verge of extinction, yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has them on a waiting list to be considered for endangered status. In recent years, the western population has suffered a decline of 99%. On Tuesday, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against outgoing Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for delaying the protection of monarchs and 10 other endangered species. 

The western monarch butterfly is an incredibly unique species that plays an important role in ecosystems spanning from Canada to Mexico. For years, conservationists have been fighting to protect them. While their listing has been continuously put off, their numbers decline at alarming rates. Sign the petition below to demand federal protection for the monarch butterfly before it’s too late. 

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Skipwith,

The monarch butterfly cannot wait for endangered species protections any longer. The western population is down to 1%. If that does not qualify them for endangered status, what will? Too many species have gone extinct as a result of human carelessness and inaction. Don’t let this be another. 

The monarch’s famous migration incorporates their presence into an extensive range of ecosystems, the importance of which, we may never fully comprehend. You know this species is in urgent need of federal protection, so why wait?

“The longer listing is delayed, the more difficult and expensive recovery becomes,” says Tierra Curry with The Center for Biological Diversity. Do the right thing and grant the monarch endangered status before they go extinct. 

Sincerely, 

[Your Name Here]

Photo by: Kenneth Dwain Harrelson

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3 Comments

  1. There is something everyone can do to save this butterfly while it waits for Endangered Species status. Plant lots of wildflowers which are native to your region and be sure to include milkweed. The eggs are only laid on these plants and the hatched larvae will only eat milkweed, it is a NECESSARY plant. You can also learn how to raise the eggs and/or caterpillars until they turn into a chrysalis and them into a butterfly. This is truly rewarding and a great science lesson for kids. We need to save this iconic butterfly. It adds so much beauty to our world.

  2. Ruth Rogers says:

    Signed about 2552.

  3. Kathleen I Nagy-DeRosa says:

    Stop with the glyphosate!

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