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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: 24,558
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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

Feb 8, 2016 Giovanna Tarquinio
Feb 8, 2016 Frank Travell
Feb 7, 2016 Linda Hacke
Feb 6, 2016 Susan Rudinger
Feb 6, 2016 Evelyn Leslsie
Feb 6, 2016 Joanna Behrens
Feb 6, 2016 Paula Mahoney
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Feb 6, 2016 Wilifred Alire
Feb 6, 2016 Mary N Anderson This is a no-brainer!
Feb 6, 2016 Andrea Becker Please save these glorious butterflies before it's too late! They are a treasure ~ such a joy for all to see.
Feb 6, 2016 Carol Rue
Feb 6, 2016 Jane Wadsworth-Reyes
Feb 6, 2016 Ann Sutherland Please help monarchs and quit promoting and using harmful pesticides that kill the plant they need in order to survive...milkweed. I can't believe their life cycle is in danger! PLEASE PROTECT THEM
Feb 6, 2016 Malinda+and+Earl+ Henkel
Feb 6, 2016 Lori santos
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Feb 6, 2016 steven laplante
Feb 6, 2016 Beth Patterson
Feb 6, 2016 Gina Rangel
Feb 6, 2016 Priscilla Lai
Feb 6, 2016 Yanky Ng
Feb 6, 2016 Luiza Rangel
Feb 6, 2016 Kiku Rangel
Feb 6, 2016 Ludwig Rangel
Feb 6, 2016 Julia Villafuerte
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Feb 6, 2016 Kathryn Long
Feb 6, 2016 Brett Dennison
Feb 6, 2016 Lynn Laupheimer
Feb 6, 2016 Pam Nelsen-Kaiser
Feb 6, 2016 Gill Hills
Feb 6, 2016 Jamie Pauline
Feb 6, 2016 S Hall
Feb 6, 2016 Alan Simon
Feb 6, 2016 Warwick Neal
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2016 Terese McCready
Feb 6, 2016 Paula Lall
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2016 Carol Leibman
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please protect the Monarchs!!
Feb 6, 2016 dana quick
Feb 6, 2016 Gail Lovig We must protect the monarch butterfly!
Feb 6, 2016 Nancy Pennings Please help save these beautiful butterflies!
Feb 6, 2016 Charlene Dumas
Feb 6, 2016 Keiko Barrett
Feb 6, 2016 JoAnne Hattum

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