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Friday, September 19, 2014
Fwd: Please Sign Our Petition To Protect Monarch Butterflies
To: Peter Sent: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:56 am Subject: Please Sign Our Petition To Protect Monarch Butterflies
Monarch butterflies urgently need your help. This iconic, orange-and-black beauty was once common in backyards across the country... but its population has plummeted by 90 percent from the 20-year average.
These delicate creatures weigh less than a gram, but every year they travel thousands of miles -- from Canada down to Mexico -- in an incredible, multigenerational migration. Generations of schoolchildren have learned about metamorphosis by watching monarch caterpillars transform into butterflies.
But the milkweed that monarchs depend on for survival is now being wiped out by genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant crops, as well as pesticides, human development and climate change
Please sign our petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act before it's too late. A "threatened" listing (not as dire a listing as "endangered") will allow important research and educational activities to continue while protecting this iconic pollinator for future generations.