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.
The abundance of monarchs shows a discouraging downward trend over the past 20+ years. Click on the graph to enlarge and on this link to read how the numbers were obtained.
In the Spotlight
Supported by MBF funding, Alternare’s team is starting with the summer reforestation for 2021. Along with the indigenous communities of Crescencio Morales, Francisco Serrato and Nicolás Romero, they are planning to plant approximately 23,000 trees on 20 hectares! For the past two years, Alternare has been using trays to grow seedlings in the nurseries avoiding individual plastic bags for each tree. An ecologically friendly process that is true to the three R’s of the environment: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.