Monarch Butterfly Fund (challenge)

Mission: To foster the conservation of North American monarch butterflies and their migration through habitat restoration, research, monitoring, education and support for sustainable community development in and near the monarch overwintering areas in Mexico. Vision: Healthy ecosystems and sustainable communities that preserve North American monarch butterflies and their spectacular migration in perpetuity.
Dec 5, 2013

MBF Supports Conservation Workshops

Family with their fuel-efficient stove
Family with their fuel-efficient stove

This year has been concerning to all of us. Summer population numbers were historically low and monarchs arrived in Mexico later than usual. Monarchs need our support more than ever. While there is much we must do, we cannot forget the many accomplishments due to your generosity this past year.

From September to November of 2013, with partial funding from MBF, 41 women and 14 men from 4 communities built 49 fuel-efficient stoves in 5 workshops held by our local partner Alternare.  Two more workshops were held in another community with 23 men who built 2 cisterns, one for the local school and another one for the community.

Capturing rain water in cisterns is becoming increasingly important. Your support has allowed us to provide this option, conserving water resources necessary to both the people, and the monarchs.

The end of the year is approaching and we will be launching our FOMO–Four Months for Monarchs– campaign! GlobalGiving will be matching funds by 100% on all new recurring donations up to $200 during the last 12 days of December. The initial donation will be matched fully and needs to continue for three consecutive months for a total of four months. 

Thanks to you, MBF has been able to increase knowledge and awareness about the monarch butterfly and promote conservation actions. We remain hopeful and with your help, will continue our efforts.

Reports are sent to donors every three months but if you do not wish to receive them click on the unsubscribe link in this email or login to your GlobalGiving account and change your email preferences.

Monarchs drinking water from a stream
Monarchs drinking water from a stream
Completed cistern
Completed cistern
Sep 6, 2013

MBF Supports Summer 2013 Reforestation and More

Summer 2013 Reforestation
Summer 2013 Reforestation

As a result of the workshops carried out by our local partner Alternare during March, April, May, and June, 5 communities helped reforest 35 hectares of land within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in July and August, 2013.  

In 5 additional workshops carried out by Alternare in June and July, 32 women and 54 men built a total of 9 cisterns and 38 fuel-efficient stoves.  The funding provided by MBF for these activities was available thanks to 20 generous donors who contributed $2,440 on June 12th’s GlobalGiving Bonus Day, which were matched with $780 from GlobalGiving.  Thank you!

Our fall newsletter is coming on September 13! Visit our website to download the full version and read all about our activities, articles on the low monarch numbers witnessed this summer, the effects of global warming on the monarchs, and much more. You can sign up to receive a reminder in your inbox when a new newsletter is available.

Conserving the monarchs’ overwintering habitat is crucial to the long-term survival of the monarch migratory phenomenon, and conservation of these forests must go hand in hand with support for the communities who are stewards of the land. Thank you for being our conservation allies, and helping us implement strategies to conserve the monarchs’ migration and improve the lives of the communities who share their habitat.

Reports are sent to donors every three months but if you do not wish to receive them click on the unsubscribe link in this email or login to your GlobalGiving account and change your email preferences

Cistern built by the Nicolas Romero Community
Cistern built by the Nicolas Romero Community
Jun 10, 2013

MBF Supports Workshops in Preparation for Summer

Wilmor & Gerardo building a "capuchino" cistern
Wilmor & Gerardo building a "capuchino" cistern

The past three months have been full of work for our local partner Alternare, carrying out workshops among the communities who will be participating in the 2013 summer reforestation season.  We are eager to plant trees and improve the monarchs’ overwintering sites so they can keep coming back!

During March, April, and June Alternare held nine workshops focused on the construction of cisterns and fuel-efficient stoves.  We are currently building a new type of cistern, called the “capuchino” which has the capacity to store 20,000 liters of water and have a longer life span than the previous ones. A total of 220 women and 110 men participated in seven cistern-building workshops, and built 12 cisterns in schools and three in the communities. The two workshops on fuel-efficient stoves resulted in the construction of four community stoves and 13 for individual families. Eighteen women and four men participated in these workshops.

Our reports usually coincide with GlobalGiving’s Bonus Days and this month is no exception. On Wednesday, June 12th GlobalGiving will match donations at 40% starting at 9:00 am EDT (this time in your city).

This month we are also following Gerardo Segundo Sanchez, a campesino instructor, on Facebook as he goes along his daily activities conducting conservation workshops in the communities.

For more details about our projects please visit our website where you can also sign up to receive our biannual electronic newsletter.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we are making a difference in the lives of the communities and preserving the extraordinary beauty of the amazing monarch migration.

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