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.
In the Spotlight
During the recent North American Leader's Summit held in Toluca, Mexico on February 19, the prime minister of Canada and the presidents of Mexico and the U.S. accepted a petition signed by scientists (several of our board members among them), writers, artists, intellectuals and environmentalists to include saving the monarch butterfly migration in the agenda. As the summit approached, and after it concluded, media attention focused on the challenges faced by the monarchs in the three countries. Articles about the monarch butterfly and the resolutions by the three leaders were published by the Associated Press, the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, and El País among others. An article in the Mexican newspaper La Jornada gives a detailed description of the resolution to form a trilateral work group to protect the monarch butterfly´s migration (click here for English translation). Board member Karen Oberhauser discussed the current situation and what we can all do to help in a radio program by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). The program also includes clips by MBF´s Chair, Don Davis and two other citizen scientists describing their monarch sightings and observations.