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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: 20,503
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

Jul 28, 2014 olga lira
Jul 28, 2014 Monique Treppe
Jul 28, 2014 Amy Vyrostek
Jul 28, 2014 Lauren Finkelstein
Jul 28, 2014 Judy Murray They are declining rapidly please help befpore it's to late..
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Tracy McCardle
Jul 28, 2014 Geri Allegre
Jul 28, 2014 Jeff Morris
Jul 28, 2014 E C Case
Jul 28, 2014 Andrea Kozil
Jul 28, 2014 Diana Ciolli
Jul 28, 2014 Pauline St.denis These incredible brave pollinators have been decimated by neo nicotine pesticides their numbers have dramaticay declined and we must sane them
Jul 28, 2014 Denise Chesney
Jul 28, 2014 Nancy O'Neal
Jul 28, 2014 Claire Oakes
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2014 K Jones
Jul 26, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 25, 2014 Jacqueline Okuhara
Jul 25, 2014 Amadeus Xephyros
Jul 25, 2014 Matthew West
Jul 25, 2014 Constance Jackson We Are Killing Our Planet. These Magnificent Creatures Deserve Life.
Jul 24, 2014 Cati Patricio
Jul 24, 2014 Jennifer Gaffney
Jul 24, 2014 Keith Beam
Jul 24, 2014 Janice Troll
Jul 23, 2014 michele kirk
Jul 23, 2014 Mia Dravis
Jul 23, 2014 Dawn West
Jul 23, 2014 Dianne Trionfo
Jul 23, 2014 susan jacob
Jul 23, 2014 Stephanie Feyne
Jul 23, 2014 Bernadette Taylor-Hill We tout their beauty in all our marketing paraphernalia but are we putting our efforts forward to keep them with us for our next generations.
Jul 23, 2014 Kris Priester
Jul 23, 2014 Evette Garcia
Jul 23, 2014 Leonor Rico
Jul 22, 2014 Philippe Raymakers
Jul 22, 2014 christena crane
Jul 22, 2014 Britany Bekina
Jul 22, 2014 Lanny Olson
Jul 22, 2014 Jessica Doherty
Jul 21, 2014 Margrit Wagner
Jul 21, 2014 Dorothea Gmeiner-Jahn
Jul 20, 2014 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
Jul 20, 2014 DJ Popelka The Monarch is important to our ecosystem. They are pollinators!
Jul 20, 2014 Cherie Hatlem
Jul 20, 2014 Rolaine Bird
Jul 20, 2014 Macyle Candela

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