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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: 20,461
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 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
Jul 20, 2014 Marianne Hansen
Jul 20, 2014 EDITH LOBROT
Jul 19, 2014 Debra Huffman
Jul 19, 2014 kris Elkins
Jul 19, 2014 amy orrick
Jul 19, 2014 Alli Bryant Think globally not selfishly.
Jul 19, 2014 Beth Norlie
Jul 19, 2014 Linda Remington
Jul 19, 2014 Tracey Martin
Jul 19, 2014 Lisa Merchant
Jul 19, 2014 michele king
Jul 18, 2014 Sharon Sutton
Jul 18, 2014 Deb Stonebraker
Jul 18, 2014 sharon mouratis
Jul 18, 2014 Gail Blank
Jul 18, 2014 Lynn Reed
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Jul 18, 2014 Alcio Lapa
Jul 18, 2014 Kalyn Mahoney
Jul 16, 2014 marie-claude lefevre
Jul 15, 2014 Kayla Brooks
Jul 15, 2014 Darilynn McCoy
Jul 15, 2014 Patricia Bradley
Jul 15, 2014 Barbara Johnson
Jul 15, 2014 Lisa Wandell
Jul 15, 2014 Donna Moreno
Jul 14, 2014 Claire Chambers
Jul 14, 2014 Fillip Caps
Jul 14, 2014 Eleni Psyllos
Jul 14, 2014 Eric Badofsky
Jul 14, 2014 Garry Taroli
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2014 Ann Curry
Jul 13, 2014 Iris Smith Save them before it's too late!!!
Jul 13, 2014 leandra Adams
Jul 13, 2014 Mirko Pozenel
Jul 13, 2014 Marcie Keenan
Jul 12, 2014 Lynn Funkhouser
Jul 12, 2014 Nicolle Edward
Jul 12, 2014 Sharon Sweeney

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