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
On June 7, Alternare’s team organized the “First Food Fair of Eastern Michoacán” in the city of Ocampo. Women from diverse communities of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve who take part in the sustainable activities taught and promoted by Alternare, sold organic jams, honey, food, medicinal products ointments, and other products. Additionally academic institutions like the Benito Juárez Wellbeing University and the Michoacan’s Higher Learning Center, and the State of Mexico’s Intercultural University also participated as speakers. The visitors were enthusiastic and engaged with the women, the product displays and the speakers making the event a complete success and a learning experience for all the attendees!