monarch butterflies

The fate of this butterfly is in our hands.    Monarch butterfly populations are collapsing. Monarch butterfly populations are collapsing.1 To keep these beloved pollinators from perishing, we must expand their protections, restore their habitat, and stop spraying pesticides that kill them. We’ve set a goal of raising $15,000 for the end of our fiscal year so we can do what must be done […]

Glyphosate — the main ingredient in the popular pesticide Roundup — is devastating monarch butterflies.1    Roundup is wiping out the milkweed that monarch butterfly caterpillars need. Roundup is ubiquitous. Every year, millions and millions of pounds of it are sprayed across the country.2 And all of that Roundup is wiping out the milkweed that monarch butterfly caterpillars rely on for food. Monarch butterflies need […]

Monarch butterflies, known for their spectacular annual migration, are fluttering in fewer numbers.    Monarch butterflies are dying. That’s according to a recent report, which has found a sharp decline in the number of migrating monarchs. The presence of monarch butterflies in Mexican forests, where they hibernate each winter, has decreased 22% in just a single year.1 This research is simply the latest reinforcing […]
Monarch butterfly (Photo: Wikimedia user Rhododendrites CC 4.0)

Scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature recently downgraded the monarch butterfly’s status to endangered — their populations had plummeted by more than 95% and, despite an uptick in recent counts, their numbers remain precarious today.1       Monarch butterflies could disappear from our skies for good. Despite these grim numbers, the United States still hasn’t issued protections for these butterflies. If […]
Monarch butterfly (Photo: Pixabay)

We can all act to save monarchs in our own homes and communities by planting native milkweed. Here are answers to Environmental Action supporters’ most frequently-asked questions! Each year, monarch populations are plummeting. Roughly 99% of western monarchs have disappeared — that’s millions of missing butterflies.1 We can all act to save monarchs in our own homes and communities by planting native […]

By Jennifer Newman, content creator In the 1980s, about 4.5 million monarch butterflies wintered in California. This year? There were only about 30,000. I grew up in the Bay Area in the 1990s—monarchs were an important part of my childhood. I want them to be a part of my children’s memories, too. Seeing a monarch butterfly takes me right back to being a […]
Thank you for standing up for the planet this Earth Day.

We have some great news to share about our work to save monarch butterflies and put the planet over plastic this Earth Day. We were able to hit our $15,000 fundraising goal! The generosity of supporters like you will enable us to keep standing up for wildlife and wild places, including: Putting the planet over plastic by working to put a […]
Monarch butterfly (Photo: Erin Wilson, Unsplash)

The population of monarch butterflies spending the winter in California is now less than 0.5 percent of its historical size — and this year’s population is down by roughly 86 percent compared to 2017.1       We could lose monarch butterflies if we don’t act soon. This June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will decide whether they’ll list monarch butterflies under the […]
Monarch butterfly (Photo: Erin Wilson, Unsplash)

At Environment Action, we think monarch butterflies rule. They’re an important pollinator, but that’s not all. Will you help save these beloved butterflies?   These tiny, beloved butterflies are a cheerful reminder of the beauty of our natural world. And — unfortunately — our monarchs are becoming more scarce. Today, you can help us protect the habitat they need to survive their […]