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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!
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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 22, 2017 Vanessa Jack
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Linda Mattice
Sep 22, 2017 Lucia Sanford
Sep 22, 2017 Lauren Kessler
Sep 19, 2017 cindy takaht I didn't see one Monarch this summer and last year they were radically smaller and few. Something must be done to stop their fast decline
Sep 18, 2017 Mary Collinson
Sep 18, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Sep 18, 2017 jane Leavitt
Sep 12, 2017 Søren Torndyb
Sep 11, 2017 Desari Erickson
Sep 9, 2017 Beth Brombach Do not let the population of this amazing butterfly continue to decline. You must act.
Sep 8, 2017 Tanya Clusener
Sep 8, 2017 Melissa Main
Sep 8, 2017 Inês Correia
Sep 7, 2017 Margaret Iacangelo
Sep 7, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Sep 5, 2017 Perri Sussman
Sep 3, 2017 Rebecca Jensen
Sep 1, 2017 Kathy Mason
Aug 31, 2017 diana zimmerman
Aug 31, 2017 Sandra Tucker
Aug 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2017 Helen Wright We need the beauty and diversity demonstrated by the butterflies, and in particular the Monarch
Aug 26, 2017 Susan Hopf
Aug 24, 2017 Kathleen Bacheller
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2017 Lynn Miller
Aug 23, 2017 Catherine D.
Aug 23, 2017 Cara Gregory
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2017 Leila Martirez
Aug 22, 2017 Paola Moretti
Aug 22, 2017 Debbora Fisher
Aug 20, 2017 dana newsom
Aug 20, 2017 Mary Webb
Aug 20, 2017 April Burchardt
Aug 16, 2017 Mandy Alden
Aug 13, 2017 Francie Rawl
Aug 12, 2017 adriana cavallo
Aug 11, 2017 Patricia Ferguson
Aug 11, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Aug 11, 2017 Loree Schuster
Aug 11, 2017 James Painter
Aug 11, 2017 Wendy Kasprzyk
Aug 11, 2017 Ann Achuff
Aug 10, 2017 susan chapman
Aug 10, 2017 Durk Barton
Aug 10, 2017 Marsha King
Aug 10, 2017 Judith Sloane

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