Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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May 2017: Monarch Butterfly Month

It's early, but this piece of news crossed my desk and I wanted to share it:

Governor Rauner declares May 2017 to be Monarch Butterfly Month in
Illinois 2016-324 Monarch Butterfly Month

WHEREAS, the monarch butterfly is the official state insect of the State
of Illinois; and,

WHEREAS, monarch butterflies, as well as other pollinating species such as
bees and bats, help move pollen from one plant to another, fertilizing
flowers and making it possible for plants to produce food needed to feed
people and wildlife; and,

WHEREAS, the population of the monarch butterfly has declined at an
alarming rate, a decrease of more than 90 percent in the past 20 years;
Illinois has been designated as a high-priority area for monarch
conservation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service; and,

WHEREAS, the monarch was identified as a Species of Greatest Conservation
Need in the most recent Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, created by the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR); and,

WHEREAS, many factors contributed to the decline of monarchs and other
pollinators, such as habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Illinois has already taken several steps to educate
citizens on preserving and restoring the monarch population: the IDNR
coordinated an Illinois Monarch Butterfly Summit on September 9, 2016;
monarchs and native bees were highlighted in the Division of Education
tent at the 2016 Illinois State Fair; and an education webpage and nine
video podcasts are posted on the IDNR website; and,

WHEREAS, every citizen has the ability to make a difference and restore
the monarch butterfly population by planting milkweed, reducing pesticides
and herbicides, educating others, establishing monarch waystations, and
supporting other monarch conservation efforts;

THEREFORE, I, Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby
proclaim May 2017 as MONARCH BUTTERFLY MONTH in Illinois, and encourage
all Illinoisans to value and recognize the importance of the monarch
butterfly and help restore the monarch butterfly population.

Issued by the Governor November 17, 2016

Filed by the Secretary of State December 28, 2016
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