Protect the Quino Checkerspot Butterfly from Extinction

Target: Eric Sklar, President, California Fish and Game Commission

Goal: Protect the rare Quino checkerspot butterfly from extinction by adding it to the state of California’s endangered species list.

The Quino checkerspot butterfly used to be the most common butterfly in Southern California, but it now struggles to survive after losing over 75 percent of its habitat. Activists in California are demanding the insect’s protection. Add your voice to their fight.

The Quino checkerspot butterfly has seen its population ravaged by urban sprawl, climate change, invasive species, and pollution. Its few parcels of livable habitat left are slated to be developed, furthering fragmentation and habitat loss. While the species was added to the federal list of endangered species in 1997, it still lacks state protection.

State protection could give the species the extra regulations and enforcement efforts it needs to survive. Sign the petition to demand that the Quino butterfly be added to the state’s endangered species list so it can once again fly through the skies of southern California.


Dear President Sklar,

The Quino checkerspot butterfly used to be southern California’s most population butterfly. Now, it has all but disappeared from your skies. Habitat loss, pollution, climate change, and invasive species still pose dangerous threats to its population even with federal protections.

By adding the Quino checkerspot butterfly to your state’s endangered species list, you can help it acquire the protections and regulations it needs to thrive. I ask that you listen to your state’s citizens and conservationists and award the species endangered status.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Andrew Fisher

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One Comment

  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    What a beautiful butterfly!

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