Sadly, monarch butterfly populations have been rapidly declining in North America since 1997. In fact, the Midwestern United States have seen an 88 percent decline in the number of monarchs, and a 64 percent decrease in the amount of available milkweed, which serves as the monarchs only egg-laying habitat and food source for monarch caterpillars.

Fortunately, there is now a fun and easy way that you can help protect monarchs in Illinois: purchase a new “Universal Specialty” plate with a monarch butterfly decal through the Secretary of State’s office!

YOU DID IT – We have exceeded the 2,000 applications required to commissions the decal!

Now, the administrative process will begin, the decal will be commissioned and designed. Soon you will receive a letter from the Secretary of State’s Office along with a license plate transfer application. You will have the opportunity to purchase the Universal Specialty Plate and Monarch Butterfly Decal then. Funds from the decal will go to the IL Dept. of Natural Resources to support roadside monarch habitats throughout our state and help save this magnificent species.

You can still apply for your decal in three easy steps:

  1. Download and print this form.
  2. Fill the form out, including “Monarch Roadside Habitat” for “Name of Specialty Plate Being Requested”
  3. Send the form in to the Secretary of State’s office with $10 via check (recommended) or cash

As an additional optional step, please let us know you completed the form by filling out the following survey (which can also be found by clicking here) so we can track sign ups and make sure the Secretary of State has your information.

IEC is pleased to partner with Natural Resources Defense Council and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on this effort.

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