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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: 24,414
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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

Feb 6, 2016 Kathleen OConnor The Monarch migration is one of the world's great marvels. Don't let them die for shortsighted human actions (logging/pesticides). Please step in with an EPA response to help save this fabulous and famous creature.
Feb 6, 2016 Linda Cratty Please do something before there is no longer a chance to reverse all the damage that has been done!
Feb 6, 2016 Hazel Sharrad
Feb 6, 2016 Glenda Hall
Feb 6, 2016 Robert Petretti
Feb 6, 2016 Corinne Gaulon
Feb 6, 2016 Dotti Becther please help to not make the monarch butterfly extinct.
Feb 6, 2016 Irene Lutz
Feb 6, 2016 Janet Mila McClarren
Feb 6, 2016 Sandra Sobanski
Feb 6, 2016 Scott McGlashan
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2016 Sue Busch
Feb 6, 2016 Debbie Plott Extinction is forever! Let's protect this species !!!!
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2016 Barbara Greenwood
Feb 6, 2016 Cassandra Williams
Feb 6, 2016 Michelle Rundell
Feb 6, 2016 Annemarie Becker
Feb 6, 2016 Meredith Fjelsted
Feb 6, 2016 Teresa Gates
Feb 6, 2016 Susan Beck
Feb 6, 2016 Sarah Townsend
Feb 6, 2016 Diane Hoffman
Feb 6, 2016 Heather Carlyle
Feb 6, 2016 Manuela Arioli
Feb 6, 2016 susan hanzel
Feb 6, 2016 Anita Becker
Feb 6, 2016 Pauline Berkeley
Feb 6, 2016 Richard A Perilli
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2016 Lisa Shantz
Feb 6, 2016 dorothy herzog
Feb 6, 2016 Larisa Long
Feb 6, 2016 Mary Dugan
Feb 6, 2016 Elena Vitale
Feb 6, 2016 Nancy Caranica
Feb 6, 2016 Nancy Lakey They are too beautiful to lose. Other pesticides can be developed and used so everyone now and future generation can enjoy the beauty of these magnificent creatures.
Feb 6, 2016 Mary Carole Talley
Feb 6, 2016 penelope allingham
Feb 6, 2016 Shari Tarbet
Feb 6, 2016 Beth Ervin
Feb 6, 2016 James Nairne
Feb 6, 2016 Alan Wise
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2016 Donna Leone Come on, everyone! This are beautiful, fragile creatures that need our help. We have the power to stop their demise! This is not a complicated fix -- agribusiness can find a way to develop a less toxic pesticide that will surely benefit the environment!
Feb 6, 2016 carlotti mireille
Feb 6, 2016 Alexandra Schneider
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2016 Ingrid Fines

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