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Monarch butterflies play an important role in the plant life cycle. Like other pollinators, butterflies fertilize plants, including corn, carrots, broccoli, kale, pumpkin, and many other delicious vegetables we eat each day.

Sadly, the monarch population is in sharp decline for many reasons. Many of its natural habitats where milkweed grows have been destroyed by herbicides and the growth of towns and cities. Pesticides sprayed on crops and in yards also threaten monarch populations. More severe storms caused by climate change have made it harder for monarch butterflies to migrate. Now, the monarch butterfly is critically endangered.

You can join the effort to bring back monarch

butterfly populations!

Did You Know?

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How To Help

Plant a  Garden

Plant a butterfly garden! Milkweed and other butterfly-friendly plants give monarchs a place to lay their eggs where small caterpillars can feed.

Make a Donation

​Donate your time or resources to a local botanical garden, or a butterfly center that helps sustain the monarch population.

Write a Letter

Write to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ask them to put the monarch butterfly on the list of endangered species.​

Follow Research

Follow monarch research through the USGS Monarch Conservation Science Partnership (MCSP).​


Volunteer with the Monarch Joint Venture, which offers many ways to get involved in helping preserve the monarch butterfly population.

Learn Online

See The Butterfly Website for a list of butterfly houses and gardens across the USA.


Buy a Book

10% of all book purchases go toward

supporting conservation efforts to help

the monarch butterfly population.

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