Each fall the monarch butterfly travels thousands of miles to spend the winter in the forests on 12 mountaintops in central Mexico. The monarch migration is the most spectacular two-way migration carried out by an insect.
The forests provide unique microclimatic conditions that allow monarchs to survive the winter. Forest degradation is putting this amazing migration in peril.
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MBF is meeting the challenge of preserving monarch butterflies and their spectacular migration through our conservation strategy that fosters healthy ecosystems and sustainable communities through Partnerships, Forest Conservation, Scientific Research and Monitoring, Education and Outreach, and Sustainable Development.
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In the Spotlight
The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) presented the Pollinator Advocate Award for Mexico to Dr. Pablo Jaramillo on October 21 in Washington, D.C. Pablo has been collaborating with MBF in our reforestation projects working with our partners Alternare, CIGA UNAM and the local communities to restore the forests in the monarch butterfly’s overwintering sites. The NAPPC highlighted the use of a high efficiency organic fertilizers used by Alternare that havehelped achieve high survival rates of the trees that are planted. To see a video of Pablo explaining the process in an interview by Reuters click here.
Environmental Education Workshops
MBF’s workshops to train local community members as tourist guides were held in September and in October. Eneida Montesinos, MBF consultant, trained 40 campesinos from Piedra Herrada in San Mateo Almomoloa, State of México as tourist guides. Geovida, an organization we are funding for the first time, carried out several workshops for sixth grade students in the Amado Nervo Elementary School in Ocampo, Michoacán. Read about both workshops and get all the details in our Education and Outreach page.