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The Mexican government reported the lowest recorded levels of Monarchs after conducting their annual census in the butterflies' winter home. With Monarchs occupying only 2.94 acres of forest, the latest figures mark a 59 percent decline from just two years ago, likely exacerbated by droughts and high temperatures in the American Midwest, where the Monarch seeks food in the summer. Urge the EPA to intervene before it’s too late!
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 24,839
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable and revered butterflies in all the world.

Each year, the monarchs begin a remarkable journey when they fly north to lay their eggs—some as far as 3,000 miles. For three brief generations, each lasting only one or two months, the monarchs mate and breed. The fourth generation of butterflies then returns to Mexico where they hibernate in a remote forest for six to eight months, until it is time to repeat the process.

It is a process that has continued uninterrupted for 250,000 years, but the last 15 years have seen dwindling numbers. In the US, modern pesticides are killing milkweed, a primary source of nutrition. In Mexico, illegal loggers destroy their habitat.

Don't let this crown jewel slip away. Urge the EPA to develop a monarch butterfly rescue plan.

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Dear Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe:

The beautiful monarch butterfly is facing some tough times. This North American symbol of majesty and peace has seen a sharp increase in habitat and food source loss over the past few years, which can mostly be attributed to illegal logging and modern pesticides.

The monarch butterfly has a fascinating and unique life cycle. Each year when the cycle begins, the butterflies fly north to lay their eggs. Three sets of generations are born within the next few months, and survive by feeding on their chosen source of nutrition—the milkweed plant. In fall, the fourth generation migrates thousands of miles to warmer climates like Mexico, where they band together in massive droves and hibernate in Oyamel trees.

But both ends of this life cycle are now being threatened. Farmers in the United States have begun using pesticides that kill off milkweed, and logging in Mexico continues to deplete the monarch habitat. The butterflies are facing trouble in each step of their growth.

I am writing in hopes that you will acknowledge this growing problem and devise a strategy to save our majestic monarch from further destruction.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Jun 27, 2016 charly oddo
Jun 25, 2016 Claudia Zwick
Jun 25, 2016 joan duggan
Jun 24, 2016 Sundae Fassig Save our butterflies as soon as possible start butterfly hatchlings in safe parts of the world.
Jun 24, 2016 Katrina Shortridge
Jun 23, 2016 susan closson
Jun 23, 2016 sharon vander pool
Jun 22, 2016 Gregory Perreira
Jun 22, 2016 Diane Sheheen
Jun 22, 2016 CHRIS KULCZAK
Jun 22, 2016 Geraldine Rondeau
Jun 22, 2016 Randa Boisclair
Jun 18, 2016 Teresa Wright
Jun 17, 2016 Gail Kagawa
Jun 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2016 John Chambers
Jun 14, 2016 Millie De Rose
Jun 14, 2016 MORERA Valérie
Jun 14, 2016 Jody Draznin
Jun 13, 2016 Rosina Cespedes
Jun 13, 2016 Magdalena Czeblakow
Jun 13, 2016 Katrine Quinn
Jun 13, 2016 Bobbie Peter
Jun 13, 2016 Lisa Pineiro
Jun 11, 2016 Audrey GEOFFROY
Jun 10, 2016 牧瀬 千佳
Jun 10, 2016 Melinda Robbins
Jun 10, 2016 Karina Otero Half-Earth Project - - Respect nature! Respect life! Respect yourself! - Thanks!
Jun 10, 2016 karen Criner
Jun 10, 2016 FRANCA COSTA
Jun 9, 2016 karine tremblay
Jun 7, 2016 natalia ilina
Jun 7, 2016 cynthia nichols
Jun 7, 2016 Debra Yanko
Jun 7, 2016 Sylvie MALLEVAL
Jun 6, 2016 Marilyn Saunders
Jun 6, 2016 Elena Babkin
Jun 6, 2016 Susan laube
Jun 6, 2016 Danny King
Jun 6, 2016 Nancy Fleming
Jun 6, 2016 Heather R
Jun 6, 2016 Tiffany Thapar
Jun 6, 2016 Jack James
Jun 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 5, 2016 Laura Iglesias de Oliveira
Jun 3, 2016 AniMae Chi
Jun 3, 2016 maurizio slanzi
Jun 2, 2016 (Name not displayed) So sad, I used to see them every summer--no longer. I don't think my nieces have ever seen one. Don't let them become extinct.
Jun 2, 2016 Christian Schelthoff
Jun 1, 2016 Amanda McCurdy

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