Save Monarch Butterflies from Extinction

Target: Greg Sheehan, Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect monarch butterflies from becoming extinct.

Monarch butterflies are disappearing at a shocking rate across North America. While this population drop has been well documented on the east coast, with an estimated 90 percent decline over the past ten years, the plight of their cousins on the west coast appears to be far worse, according to new research indicating that monarch populations have declined on the west coast by as much as 97 percent over the past 35 years. It is highly likely that western monarchs will become extinct within several decades unless more is done to conserve them.

While the exact cause behind this monumental decline is not known, scientists say that there are likely a number of factors, including habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change. In order to prevent these charismatic insects from disappearing completely, we must ensure they have the native grasslands and milkweed plants they rely on to reproduce, as well as address the issues of climate change that are threatening so many species worldwide.

Butterflies are beautiful, inspiring and play a vital role as pollinators in our environment. Sign this petition to demand that they be protected before it is too late.


Dear Director Sheehan,

Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout North America, but recent data shows that they could disappear completely within the next several decades unless more is done to conserve them. The case is particularly dire on the west coast, where studies have shown that the monarch population has dropped by 97 percent over the past 35 years. We need to investigate the causes for their decline, and do what we can to protect their native habitats, or we may risk losing them forever.

Butterflies play a crucial role in the ecosystem as pollinators and are important prey items for many bird species. If monarch butterflies become extinct, it would likely send shock waves through the environment as a whole. We must work to protect these insects now and put necessary regulations in place to ensure that they will not go extinct.


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Photo Credit: Kenneth Dwain Harrelson

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    pretty please save them

  2. Maybe the natives down South in Mexico where these Monarch Butterflies migrate to,wouldn’t burn them alive on the trees,shrubs[they consider them a nuisance]we would not have declining numbers. They poison them and do what they can to eradicate them. True.

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