This legislation protects pollinators, like western monarchs, by banning five key neonicotinoid pesticides from use in most non-agricultural settings.
In the 1980s, an estimated 4.5 million monarch butterflies migrated to the coast annually. But in both 2018 and 2019, volunteers counted under 30,000 monarchs — less than 1% of the population’s historic size. In a recent study of more than 200 samples of milkweed, the exclusive food of monarch caterpillars, 32% had lethal levels of neonaticide pesticides. California State Parks Foundation supports this legislation because protecting our pollinators will protects wildlife and nature for future generations.