“North American monarch butterflies are in trouble. Threats, including climate change, pesticide use and habitat loss are having a devastating impact on their populations. Unless we act now to help the Monarch, this amazing animal could disappear in our lifetime.” — US Fish & Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating the status of the monarch butterfly for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Faced with the possibility of extinction of this beloved species, communities locally and nationally are mobilizing to increase monarch habitat. That’s where Oak Park and River Forest come in. It turns out that urban and suburban areas are the monarch’s best hope for survival.
To build awareness and engage the public, a core group of partners is hosting a campaign kick-off with two community gatherings at the Oak Park Main Library on Tues., Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The organizing group includes West Cook Wild Ones, River Forest Sustainability Committee, Seven Generations Ahead, the Green Guides Network (a project of PlanItGreen) and Green Community Connections. This event is free and open to the public.