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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: 23,419
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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

May 28, 2015 Susan Bunn
May 28, 2015 Jessica Burke
May 28, 2015 Paul HANDFORD
May 27, 2015 Valli Gent
May 27, 2015 Roberta Purves
May 27, 2015 David Sickles
May 27, 2015 Sherry La Trasse
May 26, 2015 marie grenu
May 26, 2015 Jeanne Silver
May 26, 2015 Diane Caird
May 26, 2015 Mavis Rivera
May 26, 2015 Abbrielle Handeland
May 25, 2015 Richard Bosboom
May 24, 2015 Alice Sansonetti
May 24, 2015 Mary Prelovsky
May 23, 2015 Sandra Chenery
May 23, 2015 Jennifer Christensen Such beauty makes you smile every time you get a chance to see one. Please help save them. Who doesn't love Butterflies?
May 22, 2015 Joan Conine
May 22, 2015 esther douglas
May 22, 2015 Diana Jones
May 21, 2015 Aimee Merino
May 21, 2015 Anna Tennenhouse
May 21, 2015 julie hampel
May 21, 2015 Peggy Benoit
May 20, 2015 klara pesl
May 20, 2015 Julie port
May 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2015 Marji Ross
May 19, 2015 Lauren Flynn Please save the Monarch!!
May 19, 2015 lorraine maddocks
May 18, 2015 alison johnson
May 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2015 Monica Briselli
May 18, 2015 Beverly Conway
May 18, 2015 Zairê Weisheimer
May 18, 2015 carol fox they are beautiful and all living things need to be saved. Someone needs to be doing something about our bees.
May 18, 2015 Loretta Morris
May 18, 2015 Jacelyn Yonkees
May 18, 2015 Pricila Marques Machado
May 18, 2015 Andréa Branco
May 18, 2015 Brittany Ray Please save these lil guys. One year I saw a whole bunch of them and suppose they come every 3 to 4 years. I have not seen any in about 8 years. How sad. Please help
May 18, 2015 Luis Leonel
May 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2015 Patrick Van
May 18, 2015 Helen Davis
May 18, 2015 Sjöfn Rafnsdóttir

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