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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: 23,949
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

Oct 8, 2015 Deborah Williams
Oct 8, 2015 Marda De Wet
Oct 8, 2015 Beverly Buckley
Oct 8, 2015 Kelly Davidson
Oct 8, 2015 Linda Millemaci
Oct 7, 2015 Carol Koser
Oct 7, 2015 Jane Zimmerman
Oct 7, 2015 Alice Bol
Oct 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 7, 2015 Deana Johnson
Oct 6, 2015 T. Fitzgerald
Oct 5, 2015 virginia copeland can't we find an alternative to pesticides? maybe like pulling weeds.(by hand or by machine).
Oct 5, 2015 Dorothy Savage
Oct 4, 2015 Susan Ball
Oct 4, 2015 Michele Lejeune
Oct 3, 2015 melody O'Connor Save the Monarch butterfly.
Oct 2, 2015 medina cheatle Why are we doing the butterfly what we have done to the bees?
Oct 2, 2015 Alta Toler i so miss the Monarchs I uses to see when I was younger. We should not let them just die off.
Oct 2, 2015 Kelly Maggart
Oct 1, 2015 Gabby Schelthoff
Oct 1, 2015 Joseph Herrmann
Sep 30, 2015 Karen Rubino
Sep 30, 2015 Duane Likens
Sep 30, 2015 Donna Parker
Sep 30, 2015 Jessica Jean Posner
Sep 29, 2015 Benedetta Arcelli
Sep 28, 2015 Dorothy Lim
Sep 28, 2015 Carol Turton
Sep 27, 2015 ana trillo
Sep 26, 2015 Manucher Baybordi
Sep 25, 2015 Lorelei Williams
Sep 24, 2015 Kathleen Pelletier
Sep 24, 2015 Rachel Swanson
Sep 23, 2015 elisa elsa harmath
Sep 21, 2015 Karrie Hough
Sep 20, 2015 tonya Shaw
Sep 18, 2015 Lynn Barnes
Sep 17, 2015 jerri stoddard
Sep 17, 2015 Kelly Doyle
Sep 16, 2015 melanie van groningen
Sep 15, 2015 Kim Cain
Sep 15, 2015 Barbara Reeves
Sep 14, 2015 Alyssa Clemenzi
Sep 14, 2015 Janice James
Sep 14, 2015 Debra Lichstein
Sep 14, 2015 barbara adams
Sep 14, 2015 Lauren Moch
Sep 14, 2015 Robert Jenkins
Sep 14, 2015 maria pacifico

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