Hi, my name is Ryder Casazza and I am a sixth grade student at Ada Harris working to save the Monarchs. Did you know, that Monarchs are dangerously close to extinction but aren't on the endangered species list?! That's right! If we don't take action now, these beautiful American creatures might not be here for future generations. Please sign this petition asking the US Fish and Wildlife service to make the Monarchs endangered.
Here is some information about why monarch butterflies are in serious trouble:
- Weed killers like roundup are killing the Monarchs habitat and food source, the milkweed plant.
- The monarch population has declined 82% over the last 20 years.
- The current population is only 56 million.
- In 2002 a single storm killed more than 500 million Monarchs - more than 8x the current population.
- Due to El Niño, severe weather is expected this winter and poses a serious threat to Monarchs.
Even though the US Fish and Wildlife service announced an official review of the butterfly status, the agency is more than a year late on there 12 month deadline for making a decision. "The threats to the monarch are so large in scale that the butterfly needs the effective protection of the Endangered Species Act if we're really serious about saving this amazing migrating wonder for future generations," said Teierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biolagical Diversity.
Please join me in petitioning the US Fish and Wildlife service to act now and place the Monarchs on the endangered species list.