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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: 20,743
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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

Aug 23, 2014 mieke wilms
Aug 23, 2014 Susan Madden
Aug 23, 2014 Kerry Avenell
Aug 22, 2014 Wendy Howard
Aug 22, 2014 Maureen Shebib
Aug 22, 2014 Shinobu Fukushima
Aug 22, 2014 Holly Kasten
Aug 22, 2014 Celles Koontz Fifty years from now, if we keep killing everything nothing will be left. What a bare planet this will be,
Aug 22, 2014 Kenneth Bender
Aug 22, 2014 Valerie Anderson
Aug 22, 2014 June Sarama
Aug 22, 2014 Bryna Schreier
Aug 22, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Aug 22, 2014 Carol Altavilla
Aug 22, 2014 Constance A. Stinson
Aug 22, 2014 Kim Taylor
Aug 22, 2014 Robert Husbands
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 sandra dulbecco
Aug 22, 2014 Maria Nadel
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 Susan Mojeske, PhD
Aug 22, 2014 christina chappell
Aug 22, 2014 maria manuela lopes
Aug 21, 2014 Jeffrey Bains
Aug 20, 2014 dipanwita dasgupta
Aug 20, 2014 Tracey Newman
Aug 20, 2014 lynda leigh
Aug 20, 2014 rossana mianulli
Aug 20, 2014 Patti Ruocco
Aug 19, 2014 Scarlett Strong
Aug 19, 2014 Lloyd Johnson
Aug 18, 2014 vickie williams
Aug 18, 2014 Sveva Guidotti Allowing pesticides is a crime against humanity
Aug 18, 2014 Marci Maor
Aug 18, 2014 Jacqueline Akcasu
Aug 17, 2014 Melissa Zelenak
Aug 17, 2014 Heather Nelson
Aug 17, 2014 Randall Cohen
Aug 16, 2014 Jill McGibbon Stop habitat destruction!
Aug 15, 2014 Sandra Lockhart
Aug 15, 2014 Jo Smith
Aug 15, 2014 Kay Hall
Aug 14, 2014 Ernesto Cristina
Aug 14, 2014 Madeline Kiely-eng
Aug 14, 2014 edward colerich
Aug 14, 2014 Frank LaFerriere As a nature photographer I miss being able to photograph monarchs as well as other large species butterflies that have disappeared in the last two years. I am saddened that these beautiful creatures are losing their battle to be here.
Aug 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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