monarch butterfly

Legislation introduced in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House will protect the monarch butterfly. The butterfly, which is a common sight in Northern California, has seen its numbers drop significantly in recent years and is threatened with extinction. The legislation will work to protect the butterfly and other pollinators.

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Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley teamed up with Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) to announce the 2023 Monarch Action, Recovery and Conservation of Habitat (MONARCH) Act. The bill was introduced today in the U.S. Senate and will be introduced in the House of Representatives in the coming weeks. The bicameral MONARCH Act would help prevent the extinction of the western monarch butterfly and other critically important pollinators.

“We’ve all experienced the moment of childhood joy and excitement when we spot a butterfly dancing in the air,” said Senator Merkley. “Though western monarch populations were already in peril, this year’s extreme winter storms have hit overwintering monarchs hard and made addressing this threat even more urgent. Protecting monarch butterflies and other pollinators is a critical issue that requires sustainable solutions, and we must do everything we can to implement experts’ conservation plans and save these species before time runs out.”


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