In the 1980s the western monarch migration count averaged 3.5 to 4.5 million butterflies per year. In 2021 that number fell to less than 3,000 – a 99.99% population collapse. The IUCN immediately put them on the Red List, and since monarchs are an indicator species, many scientists now estimate a staggering 40% of pollinators, including monarchs, are at risk of extinction.
Without pollinators countless species are at risk of extinction – humans included.
Volunteers have galvanized across the West for the rescue of monarchs and pollinators and so have we. In collaboration with Sonoma State University we are conducting milkweed and pollinator restoration trials to determine best practices for landscape-scale restoration projects of monarch and pollinator habitat. Give now to help us bring back these iconic species.