In 1997, over a million beautiful Monarch butterflies were counted in California. This year: less than 2000.
Here's why: the only source of food for the Monarch's young is milkweed. And even though milkweed grows almost anywhere, it's been all but wiped out by deforestation and the heavy use of industrial pesticide.
That's where we come in.
Twice a year, Monarchs migrate thousands of miles across the Americas, pollinating flowers and laying their eggs on milkweed. Groups on the ground all along the migration route are ready to replant milkweed and other native plants good for all pollinators. It could bring Monarchs back from the brink -- they just need enough funding to make it happen.
Can you chip in to stop the iconic Monarch from fluttering toward extinction?
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