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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: 22,264
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

Feb 1, 2015 Conny Cain
Jan 31, 2015 Bojan Šilar
Jan 31, 2015 D. Wiese Jones
Jan 31, 2015 Michael H. Menna
Jan 31, 2015 Ana Aguirre
Jan 31, 2015 Emma Shipp
Jan 31, 2015 Frank Marshalek
Jan 31, 2015 Marsha McIntire
Jan 31, 2015 Joann Field
Jan 31, 2015 Donna R. D'Fini This has gone beyond critical..immediate action is necessary!
Jan 31, 2015 Christine Prado
Jan 31, 2015 Kathi Abrams
Jan 31, 2015 natasha Dotson
Jan 30, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Jan 30, 2015 Tabitha Tracey
Jan 30, 2015 cindy hogan
Jan 30, 2015 Jennifer O'Brien
Jan 30, 2015 monica lemkowitz
Jan 30, 2015 Kelley Beyer
Jan 30, 2015 maria elicegui
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 Konrad Ilgner
Jan 29, 2015 Joseph Chacon
Jan 29, 2015 linda hansen
Jan 29, 2015 Michael Garrett
Jan 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Marianne Vandenberg Cannot imagine a world without Monarch butterflies. Don't want my grandchildren to not know them. Please -- a plan to preserve their habitat for the generations to come!! This is a niche that can't be replaced!
Jan 28, 2015 Ute Mehlfeld
Jan 28, 2015 Carol Guffey Pesticides and genetically modified seeds are decimating our butterflies. Please stop this terrible cycle now! Thank you!
Jan 28, 2015 Michelle Pope
Jan 28, 2015 Stacy Manuel
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Patrick Van Wonterghem
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Preston Venasse SAVE THEM!!!!!
Jan 28, 2015 Caitlin Tubilleja
Jan 28, 2015 William Tubilleja
Jan 28, 2015 Mary Tubilleja
Jan 28, 2015 Patrick Tubilleja
Jan 28, 2015 Karen Hollowell
Jan 28, 2015 Erika Ranzi
Jan 28, 2015 Vanessa Samuelsen
Jan 28, 2015 jay ickes for you Cindy
Jan 28, 2015 Ryan Ellis
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2015 Jessica Girod
Jan 27, 2015 Cindy Housel
Jan 27, 2015 Vicki Jones
Jan 27, 2015 cydney forman

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