Protect Monarch Butterflies from radiation


On August 21, 2013 the city of Pacific Grove will hear an appeal on the placement of an AT&T 4G cell tower next to the Monarch Butterfly sanctuary.

Pacific Grove is an overwintering area for the monarch butterfly. Each year, these butterflies migrate thousands of miles from Canada to Pacific Grove and other special places in the Western Hemisphere. They arrive and stay through several reproductive cycles, and then continue their travels.

Pacific Grove has an ordinance specifically protecting monarch butterflies. It has a small area set aside for the butterflies as a sanctuary, but the butterflies roost and feed in trees in the surrounding area. Many travel books feature this sanctuary to attract visitors from all around the world.

AT&T wants to put a permanent set of cellular 4G antennas at Wilkie’s Inn, (1038 Lighthouse Avenue) next to the butterfly sanctuary. This is one of the few monarch habitats the butterflies rely on.

Here’s two studies that indicate insects are harmed by radiation.  Food collection and response to pheromones in an ant species exposed to electromagnetic radiation found exposure to radiation caused colony deterioration and affected social insects’ behavior and physiology. Another study Oxidative and genotoxic effects of 900 MHz electromagnetic fields in the earthworm Eisenia fetida found radiation caused genotoxic effects and DNA damage in earthworms.

Please take action to help stop these antennas in Pacific Grove, California. Sign this petition by Tuesday, August 20, 2013  Read more and sign the petition.

UPDATE: The city Pacific Grove council voted against the butterflies. The petition author writes, “Thank you to the hundreds of supporters on this issue. Sad to say (but not surprised) that all but one of the city council members voted for the cell antennas to be built near one of the rare monarch butterfly overwintering sites in Pacific Grove. AT&T must’ve made the incentive worth while.The city is supposed to protect the butterfly sanctuary and didn’t.”

16 thoughts on “Protect Monarch Butterflies from radiation”

  1. One more thing to add…

    The EMB graphs show the EMB rebounding, but then taking a sharp downturn in 2005. What happened in 2004?

    2004 was when 3G cellular technology became widespread in the USA. (It had a limited debut in 2002)

    2004 – AT&T Wireless 3G Debut

    2004 (January) – Verizon unveils wide 3G rollout plans

    “The national mobile operator will roll out a fast cellular data service in many large U.S. cities during this summer, the company announced Thursday.”

    2002 – Verizon 3G wireless debut

    The data matches very well. Nature (Butterflies) can rebound, such as after 1997-1998, but when we keep pounding it with more and more radiation (in form of wireless data – audio,video, etc…)…it has no chance to recover.

    Is 5G the knockout blow?

    WC Peace
    Quiet Freedom

  2. Did some more research here – on the Eastern MB.

    It shows the same decline pattern as the Western MB. Massive dropoff in 1998. In my initial examination of the research papers people keep blaming pesticides and/or GMOs. They may surely play a part, but not the primary factor – which is wireless radiation in all its forms, but primarily mobile phone towers from digital PCS in this case. Wi-fi did not exist on a consumer level in 1997-98.

    Another clue that it isn’t pesticides is this USGS pesticide usage map – showing data from 1992-2015 for many different pesticides.

    Neonicotinoids were new in the 1990s. The link below shows that the first one (and only one at the time in question) – Imidacloprid was already being applied in 1994 and 1995 and 1996 – yet monarch butterfly numbers were increasing in the East (No data on West) – as measured at overwintering sites in Mexico.

    bt-corn (Roundup), for example, was also not widely used yet in 1997 according to my data. It was just starting to penetrate the agricultural market.

    Another dataset to examine would be the exact date that the mobile antennas of concern were turned on in Pacific Grove. 2014/2015? I understand that WMB numbers there have fallen dramatically.

    WC Peace

  3. smoking gun on monarch butterfly decline:

    sent this yesterday (2-22-18) to the Xerces Society:

    I recently read your article with interest – especially the revealing graph. It reminded me of something which you may find interesting. The plummet of MB began in 1998. What happened in 1997? What happened in 1998?

    perhaps you’ve heard about the massive decline in insects both measurably and anecdotally…and how bees and cell tower / cordless phone radiation don’t mix. how’s this for timing…


    AT&T offers new wireless system PCS phone service has more features than regular cellular

    The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based phone giant said the system will be finished rolling out by the end of 1997, when it will serve areas with a combined population of more than 212 million people.

    and another one on Sprint —

    Remaining markets, including San Francisco, Dallas/FT. Worth, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, Seattle, Kansas City and New York, will launch in the first half of 1997. When this first phase of launch is completed next year, Sprint PCS service will be available in 65 cities coast-to-coast, including 35 of the top 50 U.S. markets, offering consumers and businesses improved call quality, reliability and features superior to today’s other wireless services. Sprint PCS, through its affiliate Sprint Spectrum/APC, launched the country’s first PCS service in November 1995 in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area.


    it’s not climate change per se…it’s man-made technology…if you like this, I will send a related research article and something else. somewhere in the mix is likely all the em radiation from satellite TV and internet. millions of satellite dishes receiving signals….and signals on RVs too which are in more natural areas.

    No decline that fast as on your graph could be attributed to anything else – not pesticides, not land use, not climate change

    WC Peace
    Author of Quiet Freedom

  4. This is a great article EMF Safety Network. I filmed only one large Monarch at Laurel Creek Conservation Area in Waterloo Ontario on October 3, 2013 . It looked healthy.

    Smart Phones may yet prove to be Stupid Phones if their EMFs interfere with our food sources from pollination etc.

  5. Make the city council and ATT stand by their decisions for a period of 5 or 10 years. If there is damage hold them responsible. This would not be a hard thing to monitor though we all know they would find a way to wiggle out of their obligation if issues presented themselves. If they are wrong they are sealing the fate of the planet and the future of American capitalism in their own little way.

    I am in Santa Cruz but someone in Pacific Grove needs to keep their feet to the fire. There must be money to see this through. We have many great centers of learning that could help. Lets see who is right once and for all.

    And to Bob – LA has nothing left to kill. It’s already dead. You can’t kill concrete and there is nothing left that even gets close to a healthy ecosystem. We don’t want what LA doesn’t have anymore!! ‘God made LA’ but no longer walks along your shores and the FCC is a corporate lacky. Government no longer has our interests at heart. We live in a Corpocracy.

  6. I am just now learning how serious this invisible killer’s damage is to humans. Say good bye to the Monarchs.
    Because it is invisible and the populace is snowballed and unknowing, the power elite can just cause our suffering with out a care.
    And, for a city council to violate the voters/residents’ rights and trust, and ignore the standing mandate to protect, and defend the Monarchs is cruel to the people and Monarchs and is unconscionable. Vengeance is the Lord’s.

  7. I don’t know what kind of test there doing. But I have Vasculitis, anytime I’m over exposed to cellphone or a cell tower. I break out into rashes, you may not be able to see a brain tumor. My rashes would be right there in there face. I will have to live with this as long as there rf traveling though the air. My doctor also say I will die if I don’t get it under control, me the bees and butterflies are in trouble because they live in denial.

  8. The study shows it won’t affect any humans, creatures, animals, insects, etc. We all come across everyday to those antennas that are by the shopping centers, roads, buildings. I am in So.Cal and I’ve seen this open antennas on the building around. It’s a busy intersection with shopping and restaurants with lots of people everyday. Remember the FCC won’t approve if it is causing any damage and Monarchs will be safe in your city.

  9. I am so sorry to hear of this update. Why is the city allowed to reneg on its promise to protect the butterflies? Why isn’t their sanctuary and protection permanent instead of the smart meters being permanent? Why is the permit permanent at all? Why can’t it be a temporary lease at least? Why do you AT&T, and all the other wireless companies insist on constantly bombarding all creatures with radiation? And magnetic frequencies? Why do you have to have the place just near such special precious creatures as butterflies that are supposed to be protected? Especially now when they are migrating? And when they are already so vulnerable? Don’t you understand that you are destroying the very creatures who help pollinate our food? Not to mention the part of the natural chain of the environment that connects with birds and other wild life. What will you do in a few years when there are no pollinators left? Make a phone call to your smart meter to create food?

    You are harming the earth, you are harming all life!! What is the matter with you? Why don’t you stop? Why must you be so greedy? Why are you allowed to get away with this? Who are the members of the council? They should be fired immediately. And the permit should be rescinded immediately. And the city should say no to all cell towers and wireless products from now on. Why don’t we pass a law that whoever places wireless meters and cell towers has to live right next to them (or under them). I’m so disheartened and sad for us who must suffer from these frequencies and for the beautiful innocent animals who are suffering and who are showing us this is dangerous. You are placing the world in JEOPARDY! We should have a national program that puts a moratorium on all smart meters forever and cuts back on all cell towers and creates radio free zones all over the country and world! Put the butterfly on the endangered species list NOW! And ask the President to intervene and rescind the permit to this unit of meters or towers in PG based on National Conservation Rights of Protection. And stop–you radiation makers from always interfering with good and healthy life. I am so sorry we could not stop this from happening. But everyone who commented here or signed the petition make sure to write to the FCC before Sept 3rd (they are accepting comments to consider lowering cell tower frequencies) and post your comments that you want the radiation and frequencies from the cell towers to be stopped or at least lowered. Tell all the facts and experiences you have had with hypersensitivity and how it affects all the butterflies and bees and insects and people. Tell them that the smart meters are causing cancer and fires and that the wireless frequencies are undermining our very the natural life force. Tell them it is killing the very creatures that support our food chain!!!!!Make the city take back the permit and don’t vote for those council members again. Especially now re the butterflies when this is the time of the great migration! How dare they put the towers or even give permission for them there now to even further interfere with their life cycle!!! They are our beautiful pollinators for food. Do they want to assure our extinction too?
    Also if you want to prevent smart meters from being forced upon you, make sure to write you reps now because there already is a bill in progress to make smart meters mandatory nationwide! Once it’s federal the state rights you have that permit you to refuse the meters will be eclipsed! The smart meters are the nail in the coffin for all the butterflies and bees and therefore ours too! Don’t let congress vote in Tom Wheeler as head of the FCC because he will implement this law and also won’t even allow people to keep land line phones!
    We need a national program, forum, and representation to protect our rights now. We need this info to be made much more available to to the general public like on ch 21 or 13 tv. Lots of people don’t know what smart meters are and don’t understand the connection of wireless to the destruction of the pollinators.
    The time to speak is NOW. Thanks for letting me post this comment.

  10. I’m electromagnetically hypersensitive, & I can’t be near a 4G tower, so, being a lot bigger than a butterfly, I have an idea of the effects that that powerful, pulse-modified wireless radiation would have on a butterfly. Mother Nature needs protection far more than we need instantaneous communication. Thanks 🙂

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