On November 18 El Rosario opened the monarch sanctuaries for tourists to visit during the 2022-2023 overwintering season. Carmelo Martínez Colín from Ejido Cerro Prieto took the photos below of the colonies already forming in Sierra Chincua. The forests that shelter our beloved monarchs during the winter are being conserved thanks to the efforts of Carmelo and the people and communities that like him, are committed to the protection of our natural resources.
Juan Pablo Ortiz Tallavás from Cielo Rojo took some amazing photos in San Miguel Xooltepec, an area located in the State of Mexico that is next to the Monarch Butterfly Reserve and is also a Natural Protected Area. The ejido’s community is of Mazahua origin, and we are sure that they will take care of our beloved monarchs very well during the 2022-2023 overwintering season!
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.
On July 26, 2022 the Crescencio Morales Indigenous Community along with Alternare reforested a piece of land owned by Mrs. Cayetana who is turning her corn field into forest! Alternare’s instructors along with community members and children all pitched in happily joining the effort. This is one of the last reforestations planned for this summer. Community and school nurseries continue being maintained to have enough trees for the 2023 reforestation. Images of this reforestation are below.
Today, July 21, 2022 is a good day for migrating monarch butterflies. The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature ) has listed the monarch on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM as Endangered, threatened by habitat destruction and climate change. Because of the many threats the migratory monarch butterflies are facing, this is a step to creating more awareness among the people and more actions to mitigate the challenges for these beautiful creatures. An interview with MBF Board member, Dr. Karen Oberhauser by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) can be found here. Click on the press release to learn more or click on this link to read an article by CTV.
Monarchs occupied a total of 2.84 hectares this overwintering season compared to 2.10 reported in the previous one. The first record of butterflies was documented on September 13 in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila and the peak of the migration was registered in October 15. During the season, 10 colonies were recorded, six in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve and four outside of it. Karen Oberhauser, MBF board member, stated that current numbers indicate that, although this increase is hopeful, monarchs are not “out of the woods”. However, the numbers would be even lower without the efforts of dedicated individuals throughout North America. There is still much to do to help the monarchs! Read more at: Monarchs Winter Population 21-22.