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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Dr. Pablo Jaramillo, MBF consultant in charge of our reforestation project just returned from the field and sent us an update of his activities. So far, 16,000 trees have been planted in the designated areas and the remaining 14,000 will be planted in the next two weeks. Planting the trees adequately, choosing the locations where they are most likely to survive and involving the local communities are key to our project’s success. Preliminary results from Dr. Jaramillo’s research show that the best strategy to improve forest management and ensure tree survival is to reforest in the buffer zone and promote natural regeneration in the core zone of the Reserve. Yearly monitoring of survival rates will help us verify that we are on the right track. THANKS to all our donors who have made this possible!!