While Mexico is busy celebrating the Day of the Dead, monarchs started to arrive at their overwintering sites and local communities and kids are eagerly welcoming them! Especially one kid we met with last year who told us how excited he was planting trees to host the monarchs upon their arrival on this magical day that is celebrated in Mexico and through the month of November.
MBF and Alternare continued working in the monarch area supporting 140 men and women from two indigenous communities to build nine cisterns to collect rainwater thus providing access to water for twenty-eight families. Another workshop was held for nine people who built fuel-efficient stoves that will save wood and prevent respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases in their communities.
As one community member told us, “Now we can cook our tortillas without clogging our lungs!”
Additionally, twenty-two school and six community nurseries with the capacity to produce 20,000 pine and oak trees, are being set up in seven indigenous communities. These trees will come in handy for the 2019 reforestation next summer!
THANK YOU for joining us in all these exciting projects that are conserving the forest and improving the lives of local communities.
Women from Macho de Agua Finishing Stove
Placing Mesh Cylinder for Cistern
Aug 16, 2018
Summer 2018 Reforestation Completed!
By Monica Missrie - Project Leader
Campesino digging to begin planting trees
As monarchs flutter over Canada and the U.S., Mexico is busy preparing for their arrival at the overwintering sites in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. MBF supported Alternare and six indigenous communities to reforest 28 hectares on 14 sites with 30,000 trees produced in collective nurseries. A total of 640 people including women, men and children participated in the reforestation. This total includes 170 students from four communities that participated in four tree-planting workshops and the reforestation itself. “I am so excited to plant these trees to welcome the wonderful butterflies when they arrive on the Day of the Dead!” exclaimed an eight-year old as she planted a pine seedling.
Additionally, 14 workshops on cisterns to collect rain water were held with the participation of 190 women and 189 men from three indigenous communities. As a result, these communities now have water available to drink, cook, wash dishes, take care of their personal hygiene, tend their vegetable gardens and many other tasks.
All this would not be possible without your support. Thank you for being our partners in conservation!!
Kids removing pine trees from bags to plant
Children transporting trees for reforestation
Kids planting a pine tree
May 21, 2018
Monarchs Arrive North and Communities in Mexico get Ready to Reforest!
By Monica Missrie - Project Leader
Getting Seedlings Ready
Monarchs have already arrived up north including Canada! In the meantime, local communities in Mexico are busy setting up the summer reforestation so monarchs find a restored forest upon their arrival next fall. “Our trees are all ready to be planted and we are all looking forward to watch them grow!” exclaimed Nora, a community member from Cresencio Morales proudly showing the pine seedlings in the community nursery.
With MBF funding, Alternare and the communities participated in five workshops during March, April, and May. Forty-two women and twenty men from four indigenous communities and from one communal property (ejido) participated in four workshops about building cisterns and one on fuel-efficient stove construction and management. As a result, six communities are capturing rain-water in their new cisterns and three families are enjoying cooking their food in their fuel-efficient stoves.
We are looking forward to this summer’s reforestation and eager to continue monitoring the results of the plots that are undergoing natural regeneration.