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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: 21,348
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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

Oct 31, 2014 dr vipul dave
Oct 30, 2014 Emily Young
Oct 30, 2014 Weldon Barker
Oct 30, 2014 jordan schultz
Oct 30, 2014 Deborah Ludwig
Oct 30, 2014 R. E. Kish "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated..." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948, and shot at point-blank-range by Nathuram Godse).
Oct 30, 2014 Susan Madden
Oct 30, 2014 Grace Gorelick
Oct 30, 2014 Anton Puglisi
Oct 30, 2014 Laurie Grady
Oct 30, 2014 heidi rodriguez
Oct 29, 2014 Miquel López López
Oct 29, 2014 Linda Turner What will you do when there are none left. Can you make a butterfly??
Oct 29, 2014 Ruth McNaughton
Oct 29, 2014 JOHN MANION
Oct 29, 2014 liliane DI PAOLO
Oct 29, 2014 Sandra Ainsley
Oct 29, 2014 hanh doan
Oct 29, 2014 Rosemary Webber
Oct 29, 2014 Linda Gilmore
Oct 29, 2014 Kay McDermott
Oct 29, 2014 Christiane Santos
Oct 29, 2014 Melnda Mueller
Oct 29, 2014 Victoria Robison
Oct 29, 2014 Tim Gilleland
Oct 29, 2014 Patti Lewis I grow milk weed just so I have monarchs. We watch the caterpillars eat the milk weed then make its chrysalis and bloom into a beautiful Monarch butterfly. its magical.
Oct 29, 2014 Elizabeth connolly
Oct 29, 2014 KAITLIN Crocker
Oct 28, 2014 sue chin
Oct 28, 2014 sandra mueller
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please save the beautiful Monarch!!
Oct 28, 2014 Marilyn Yoder
Oct 28, 2014 Kelly Janocko
Oct 28, 2014 Suzanne LaFleche Wake up!
Oct 28, 2014 JAMES VERKADE
Oct 28, 2014 Becky Newman
Oct 28, 2014 ann Petermeier
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) Must save the flutterbies
Oct 28, 2014 Sharon A
Oct 28, 2014 Pamela Llewellyn Stop extinction now!!!
Oct 28, 2014 Daisy Quintero
Oct 28, 2014 Stacey Iaconelli
Oct 28, 2014 Pat Laurent
Oct 28, 2014 Mark Updegrove
Oct 28, 2014 Marion Gomez I'm doing my part
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2014 Travis Bryant
Oct 28, 2014 Pam Smith
Oct 28, 2014 Anne Hobbs

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