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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: 25,204
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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 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
Aug 20, 2016 (Name not displayed) I live in Michigan's upper peninsula and from personal observation have seen the decline. I used to get 6 or 7 caterpillars each summer on asclepias plants. I have had none at all for the last 3 years. This year there were 2. I hope this is a good sign.
Aug 19, 2016 christine burgess
Aug 19, 2016 Fabienne Coilin
Aug 18, 2016 Susan Petersen
Aug 18, 2016 Jo Ann Beatty
Aug 18, 2016 Ellen Green
Aug 18, 2016 Aimee Beaudet
Aug 18, 2016 ch Fontijn
Aug 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2016 Lesley Thomas
Aug 9, 2016 Candice Eye We just never see them anymore.
Aug 9, 2016 Darlene Dynega
Aug 9, 2016 Jackie Hutter
Aug 8, 2016 char hanson
Aug 8, 2016 Denise Cronin
Aug 8, 2016 Caroline Buboltz
Aug 8, 2016 Jackie Cudney We, as individuals, must educate ourselves on the importance of bees in our world, then impart that knowledge to everyone around us.
Aug 8, 2016 Jan Cloudsdale To allow this beautiful butterfly to become extinct would be criminal.
Aug 8, 2016 Shooting Star It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. - Ansel Adams

Aug 8, 2016 Brenda Jacobs
Aug 8, 2016 Leslie Drentlaw
Aug 8, 2016 kristin sullivan
Aug 8, 2016 Holly McTeer
Aug 8, 2016 Laurie Rothstein
Aug 8, 2016 Denise BAYLIS
Aug 8, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please do all u can to save these beautiful creatures. Thank you
Aug 8, 2016 Fran Walker
Aug 8, 2016 Robert Furem
Aug 8, 2016 Kendra Smith
Aug 8, 2016 Lugene Morton-Quinn
Aug 8, 2016 Linda Friend
Aug 8, 2016 Simone Pugh
Aug 8, 2016 Carol Linderborn They are a treasure, and even more life forms will eventually be threatened right along with them. Please help stop this short-sighted ignorance.
Aug 8, 2016 Sandra Creswell
Aug 8, 2016 Marita Abner
Aug 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
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Aug 8, 2016 Milene Johnson
Aug 8, 2016 Michael Ross

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