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
Nine local indigenous communities joined Alternare in this year’s reforestation efforts surpassing the original goal of planting 21,000 trees by 1,200 for a total of 22,200 trees planted in 23 hectares! Around 800 women, men and children participated in the effort making this year as successful as the previous ones. MBF is proud to see that summer reforestations are consistently being carried out effectively. To view the map that shows the locations of the reforestations click here.
Additionally, the Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrey’s Technological Institute) and FEMSA (Economic Promotion Co.) awarded Alternare the 2022 Eugenio Garza Sada Award in the “Social Entrepreneurship” category acknowledging their comprehensive model for sustainable rural development. Congratulations Alternare! See instagram post in Spanish here.