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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: 21,241
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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 25, 2014 Marilda Spehar
Oct 25, 2014 PEGGY CARTER
Oct 24, 2014 Nicola Holzwarth
Oct 24, 2014 Michael Sheldon Save them butts!!! #msheldon87
Oct 24, 2014 Donna Lynn
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2014 Gina Freitas
Oct 24, 2014 Michelle Matthews
Oct 24, 2014 alexandra saunders
Oct 24, 2014 vaiva griskaite
Oct 24, 2014 Don Hannah
Oct 24, 2014 Amanda Serafini
Oct 24, 2014 Sandra Sherman
Oct 23, 2014 kathy bonaccorsi
Oct 23, 2014 Tulsi Rose
Oct 23, 2014 Anja Kosir
Oct 23, 2014 J S
Oct 23, 2014 Kathleen Cheatham
Oct 22, 2014 Christopher Bonaccorsi
Oct 22, 2014 Ingrid Housego
Oct 22, 2014 Timberly Flowers
Oct 22, 2014 Lenka Mašková
Oct 22, 2014 Esperanza Trevino
Oct 22, 2014 Jean Hackathorn
Oct 21, 2014 Christy Johnston
Oct 21, 2014 Lance Parr
Oct 21, 2014 Carla Pratas
Oct 21, 2014 Cynthia Dalessandro Save the Beautiful Butterflies!
Oct 21, 2014 David Handy
Oct 21, 2014 caleb young no reason for it to be endangered.... This is sad
Oct 21, 2014 Julia Petersen
Oct 21, 2014 rachelle caruso
Oct 21, 2014 Darrion Smile
Oct 20, 2014 nicole rayner I hope our world wont hurt them!!
Oct 20, 2014 Ani Balian
Oct 20, 2014 Bronwyn Britten Please help to save the Monarch Butterfly!
Oct 20, 2014 Samantha Komosinski
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Annette SOULES
Oct 20, 2014 craig conn
Oct 20, 2014 Jennifer Bruce
Oct 20, 2014 Pamela Skidmore
Oct 20, 2014 Sarah Murray-Cooper
Oct 20, 2014 Tony Luna
Oct 20, 2014 Cathy Hattery Please help save these beautiful butterflies.I used to see a lot of them around my butterfly bush. Now I don't see very many.
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Michele Korpos Banning GMO corn and planting more milkweed throughout the country are good places to start.
Oct 20, 2014 Leslie MARLOWE
Oct 20, 2014 Connie Dovel
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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