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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!
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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

May 27, 2016 Marie Hutchens The money used for refugees, the proceeds from the lottery and cutting off money to people who are no longer in congress, cutting back wages to those in congress should be used to protect ALL of our wildlife sanctuaries, habitats, ect.
May 26, 2016 amber link
May 25, 2016 jennifer landis
May 25, 2016 Laura Monroe
May 23, 2016 Julie Golden Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission — to be of service to them wherever they require it." —Francis of Assisi
May 21, 2016 Carlos Santana
May 18, 2016 Lisa Lucchetti
May 17, 2016 kristin Trager
May 17, 2016 Joëlle Rambert
May 17, 2016 Gail Coates
May 17, 2016 Andreas Papapanagiotou
May 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2016 Chevalier Guy
May 13, 2016 Suzanne Ursula Lebon USE HEMP BAN PLASTIC
May 13, 2016 Karen Lowery
May 11, 2016 Lois Nottingham
May 11, 2016 Kim Verbeke
May 11, 2016 Franca Faustini
May 9, 2016 (Name not displayed) The monarch butterflies are an integral part tour ecosystem your habitat needs to be protected and they need to be able to multiply and thrive we depend on them and their pollination !!
May 9, 2016 deanna horton protect and save our butterflies
May 8, 2016 miki takada
May 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 5, 2016 Jim Coleman
May 5, 2016 Theresa Jackson
May 4, 2016 Donna Rich
May 3, 2016 Laurie Zdrofcoff
May 3, 2016 Susan Altadonna
May 2, 2016 Janet Teller
Apr 30, 2016 Michelle Noble
Apr 29, 2016 Anne Pintozzi
Apr 29, 2016 Margaret Randall
Apr 27, 2016 mary mcbride
Apr 27, 2016 Rebecca Moon-Williams
Apr 27, 2016 Thorbjorn Pettersson
Apr 24, 2016 Cindy Dawson
Apr 24, 2016 Lisa Algee
Apr 23, 2016 Bill Morgan
Apr 22, 2016 kellyann morander
Apr 22, 2016 ernesto meloni
Apr 22, 2016 Brenda Weber
Apr 21, 2016 Katie Hitchcock
Apr 19, 2016 Diane Greer Again lack of concern on the government officials to know about their destruction of something so vital for survival for these monarchs. Ignorance and lack of caring vs greed
Apr 18, 2016 susan dixon
Apr 15, 2016 John Walters
Apr 15, 2016 Dana Barry
Apr 13, 2016 julie mantua
Apr 11, 2016 Eileen O'Neill We have no food without bees and butterflies.
Apr 11, 2016 Eric Vanacore
Apr 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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