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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 PartnershipsForest ConservationScientific Research and MonitoringEducation and Outreach, and Sustainable Development.

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In the Spotlight

Collaborating closely with our partner Alternare and local communities, Dr. Pablo Jaramillo, led our summer 2014 reforestation.  A total of 32,350 trees were planted in 35 hectares in the Buffer Zone of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Planting trees in these areas reduces human pressure on the inner Core Zone where monarchs overwinter and encourages local people to protect and conserve the environment.

  Alternare Tree Nursery

                        Boy planting a tree                                      Alternare tree nursery

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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 1:35pm