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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: 25,245
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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

Sep 23, 2016 stacey gledhill There must be a way to protect the monarch butterfly, we a part of an eco system where every species has its place we should try to preserve the remaining population
Sep 22, 2016 Mimi Ngo
Sep 21, 2016 Sharron Duthie
Sep 20, 2016 Irene Souder-Coyle
Sep 19, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 19, 2016 Diana Drummond
Sep 18, 2016 Sarah Robbins
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2016 Jane Gilmore
Sep 14, 2016 Judy Pelton
Sep 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2016 D.M. Hunter
Sep 14, 2016 Jeni Munn
Sep 10, 2016 Roxana Moya
Sep 10, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Sep 9, 2016 Carol Schaffhausen
Sep 9, 2016 Mary Tuma
Sep 9, 2016 Althea Kippes
Sep 9, 2016 Bonnie Sokup
Sep 9, 2016 sanja valecic
Sep 7, 2016 Maria Stonestreet
Sep 6, 2016 Casey Pittman
Sep 6, 2016 MaryAnn Vasquez
Sep 6, 2016 Linda DeWitt
Sep 5, 2016 Barbara Gregory
Sep 5, 2016 Phyllis Byndas
Sep 5, 2016 Christine Traylor
Sep 5, 2016 Catherine Zampitella I used to see them all over my flowers. I have not seen a Monarch for at least 2 years now.
Sep 5, 2016 ken canty
Sep 5, 2016 Leanee Pohl
Sep 4, 2016 María Galarce
Sep 4, 2016 jennifer sesnick
Sep 4, 2016 Tig Bofa
Sep 4, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Sep 2, 2016 Christine Murray
Aug 31, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2016 Martin Henz
Aug 31, 2016 Nina Domergue
Aug 30, 2016 Shirley Elliott This is so so sad & heartbreaking. We MUST FO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SAVE THESR BUTTERFLIES IMMEDIATELY!!!!
Aug 27, 2016 Renee D'Argento
Aug 26, 2016 Leslie Perritt
Aug 26, 2016 Kalliope M.
Aug 24, 2016 Marta Feio
Aug 24, 2016 Claudia Binfa
Aug 23, 2016 Dean OBrien
Aug 23, 2016 Sandra Beul
Aug 22, 2016 Naomi Curtis
Aug 21, 2016 Isabel Hepburn
Aug 21, 2016 Lori Harner

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