Recently, Alternare was named “Conservation Champion for 2018” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the OAS (Organization of American States) who recognized Alternare’s 20 years of work and their contributions to the conservation of the monarch butterfly’s migratory phenomenon. Dr. Cletus Springer, Director of the Sustainable Development Department of OAS said it best: “To the OAS this event may not have the glamour of the Golden Globe Awards or the Oscars; but I dare to say that in my mind, it is no less significant. Indeed, I would say it is even more meaningful because it speaks to a cause that is bigger than ANY of us and ALL of us. The cause of which I speak is the preservation of the invaluable, irreplaceable natural assets of our planet earth. Those who surrender to the vocation of caring for our planet, belong to a special class. They belong to a nobility; not an aristocracy. In mind, body, and spirit, these are people of outstanding virtue, full of goodness, honor, decency, sincerity and integrity.”
Additionally, Alternare won third place in the “10 Scalable and Innovative Initiatives” contest for rural sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This contest rewards successful and innovative initiatives that include healthy food, eradicating poverty, and climatic and environmental resilience that can be replicated in diverse rural lands.
As we get ready for the holidays this week, we invite you to join us in saying thanks. Thanksgiving gives us a chance to reflect and share what we are grateful for and #GivingTuesday allows us to put it in practice! Today please consider donating to the Monarch Butterfly Fund. Join millions of people all over the world on a day of gratitude supporting the causes we all hold dear.
While the monarch butterfly is our main concern, many other organisms also inhabit the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR). This year, MBF funded a project to collect, organize, review, process, and analyze acoustic, ultrasonic and wildlife camera files collected during 2016 in the MBBR by several NGOs (members of the Monarch Network-Red Monarca) to enhance the existing data base in the National System to Monitor Biodiversity (SNMB). To read more about this project click on the Grants tab, select Current Projects and go to the Scientific Research and Monitoring section.
Below some of the species photographed in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve:
Dr. Cuauhtémoc Saénz-Romero, in collaboration with Dr. Arnulfo Blanco-García and students Esmeralda Navarro-Miranda, Erika Gómez-Pineda, among others, carried out several experiments related to assisted migration of oyamels in his lab with encouraging results! After one year in the field, an evaluation revealed 96% tree survival rate. Seedlings were originally rescued from natural regeneration sites and grown for two years in a nursery. Afterwards they were planted under the shade of nurse plants on a deforested site. The figure below shows the results.
To read a more detailed description of this experiment please scroll down in the “Scientific Research and Monitoring” section on the Current Projects menu.
Monarchs are on their way to Mexico and it’s time for us to remember Lincoln, his love for monarchs and his commitment to their conservation. We are very excited to report that thanks to the support of all those whose lives were touched by Lincoln, MBF has established the “Lincoln P. Brower Award” fund with $16,500 dollars! This will allow us to offer $3,000 annual awards to undergraduate or graduate students for research on monarch butterfly conservation and their habitats for 5+ years. The requirements to apply can be found on the grants tab. If you wish to make a contribution to the fund please go to the donations page and make sure you send an email to Karen Oberhauser (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Monica Missrie (email@example.com) indicating that you would like your contribution to be designated to the “Lincoln P. Brower Award” fund.
Sweet Briar College is holding a celebration in honor of Lincoln Brower on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 3:00 p.m. The ceremony will be at their butterfly garden and will be followed by a reception at 4:00 p.m. in the library. If you wish to attend you can register at Dean’s Office’s web page. If you’re coming from out of town, you are welcome to have dinner with Linda Fink in the college dining hall. A wonderful tribute to remember our dear colleague!
We are sad to report the loss of our friend and longtime colleague Lincoln P. Brower. His contributions to monarch biology and conservation were enormous, and his legacy will live on through the many people who continue to work actively to conserve the remarkable migration of monarchs. On July 29 the TODAY show ran a short piece of Lincoln in their “Life Well Lived” segment which you can watch here. Dr. Chip Taylor, MBF Board member emeritus, wrote about Lincoln’s passing in his blog which also contains links to Lincoln’s obituaries in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. A video about Lincoln’s life, posted by Sweet Briar College, is available here as well as an article on his legacy.
Dr. Karen Oberhauser, MBF Board member, is giving a free lecture titled “Monarchs in a Changing World,” on Friday, August 10 at 6 pm in the Flammer Theater at The Wild Center in NY. The event is supported by AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project, in partnership with The Wild Center. For more information click here.
In honor of Dr. Lincoln Brower’s extraordinary dedication and commitment to monarch conservation, the Monarch Butterfly Fund has established the Lincoln P. Brower Award, an annual grant of $3,000 USD to support undergraduate or graduate students in research on the conservation of monarch butterflies and their habitats.
Dr. Brower began studying monarch butterflies in 1954 and dedicated his career to research on their biology and conservation. He became enthralled by monarch butterflies ever since his first encounter with them in Mexico and realized then that not only were they beautiful, but their spectacular migration was a gift from nature worth conserving. The Lincoln P. Brower grant will be awarded each year during the fall months to continue his commitment to monarch conservation.
This grant is made possible thanks to the generous contributions from our board members and supporters. If you would like to make a donation online, please go to the donation page or you can send a check to:
Monarch Butterfly Fund
c/o Karen Oberhauser
4013 Yuma Drive
Madison WI 53711
To ensure that your donation is credited to the Brower award please send an email to Karen Oberhauser (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Monica Missrie (email@example.com) indicating that you would like your contribution designated to the “Lincoln P. Brower Award” fund.
To apply please click on the Grant Application Form on our website and follow the guidelines adding a line stating that you are applying to the “Lincoln P. Brower Award” in the “Strategic Initiative” section. Details regarding this Award will be posted by September 1 each year and submissions will be due January 31. The final decision for the Lincoln P. Brower Award will be announced on May 1 annually.
According to Journey North Reports, monarchs are arriving at their breeding areas earlier than usual, leading us to predict that several generations will emerge this summer. Read all about the status of the migration, locations of sightings and more in Correo Real’s latest newsletter.