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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: 20,869
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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

Sep 22, 2014 Leona Hand
Sep 22, 2014 Janie Penn
Sep 22, 2014 Carla Marques
Sep 22, 2014 Sieglinda Du Preez
Sep 22, 2014 Francisco Javier Sánchez
Sep 21, 2014 marinella bigoni
Sep 21, 2014 Peter Ozzimo Jr
Sep 20, 2014 m Jones
Sep 20, 2014 Stacie Miller
Sep 20, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 19, 2014 Deborah Goodrich Save the butterflies!!!! And honey bees!!!!
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Sara Scheppmann
Sep 19, 2014 Mia Rand
Sep 19, 2014 Kathleen Ritchie
Sep 19, 2014 cindy anderson
Sep 19, 2014 Gabi Harper
Sep 19, 2014 Heather Low
Sep 19, 2014 joan massey The use of pesticides to kill off milkweed must be stopped. Humans do not have the right to destroy natures cycle. Leave some space for nature on your property. The Mexican government must stop the illegal logging - tourists are watching.
Sep 18, 2014 Deirdra Moncue
Sep 18, 2014 Elizabeth Rocco
Sep 18, 2014 Ian whitelaw
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Scott
Sep 17, 2014 Michael Haskell
Sep 16, 2014 Natalie Parkes
Sep 16, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 15, 2014 Victoria Mikhaylov
Sep 15, 2014 Gina Webber
Sep 15, 2014 Jordan Evans
Sep 15, 2014 Lynn Stary
Sep 15, 2014 Natalie Gagnon
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Julie Hoffman
Sep 14, 2014 Ann Appleton
Sep 13, 2014 Faith Whittington We are not 'owners' of our planet - simply stewards for the time we are here. We risk loosing something undefinable if we loose the Monarch. Just think of 'the butterfly effect'. What then, if there were no more Butterflies?
Sep 12, 2014 renee howard
Sep 12, 2014 Mary Osmundson
Sep 11, 2014 shannon snider
Sep 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2014 Caroline Maurinier
Sep 10, 2014 Sally Brant
Sep 10, 2014 Rene Johnston
Sep 9, 2014 Loba Moon
Sep 9, 2014 Beverly Dixon
Sep 9, 2014 LuAnn Will
Sep 9, 2014 Pamela Haun
Sep 8, 2014 Mathew Durian
Sep 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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