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National Wildlife Refuges should be safe havens for native bees and pollinators like migratory songbirds and butterflies -- but in 2018 the Trump administration overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ban on neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides on wildlife refuges for no good reason. Neonics are 10,000 times more toxic to honey bees than other pesticides and kill bees and birds, harm butterflies, and affect aquatic ecosystems. If butterflies, aquatic life, birds, and bees aren't safe -- that’s not a legitimate refuge for our wildlife.
Add your name now to support H.R. 2854, the Protect Our Refuges Act, to reinstate the neonicotinoid insecticide ban on refuges to protect wildlife from neonic agrichemicals!
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