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May 21, 2018

Monarchs Arrive North and Communities in Mexico get Ready to Reforest!

Getting Seedlings Ready
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.

THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR CONSERVATION PARTNERS!!

Carpinteros Community Completing a Cistern
Carpinteros Community Completing a Cistern
Tree Nursery in Carpinteros Community
Tree Nursery in Carpinteros Community
Feb 20, 2018

Local Communities Celebrate as Monarchs Overwinter

Instructor share info with people at celebration
Instructor share info with people at celebration

While monarchs are roosting on the pine-oyamel forests local communities are busy with workshops and preparing for the upcoming summer 2018 reforestation. But, everyone paused on January 27, when our local partner Alternare, A.C. celebrated their 20th anniversary! All the communities that collaborated with Alternare over the years by participating in workshops and reforestation projects joined in the celebration. This was an opportunity to share their experiences and network in a festive environment. “I have participated in Alternare’s reforestation programs for the past ten years and I’m happy to say that in my community our forest is healthy”, said Señor Santos from the Donaciano Ojeda indigenous community.

At the beginning of the year, Alternare formed a committee to walk through the municipalities where fuel-efficient stoves have been built. The walks offered an opportunity to discuss the challenges they faced while at the same time seeing examples of how other communities are dealing with the same obstacles and improving their lives.

With MBF funding, during December, January, and February three workshops were held with the participation of twenty-four women and eighteen men on how to build fuel-efficient stoves, cisterns, and an important discussion about the importance of soil. A community cistern for eight families was built in Angangueo. Additionally, a member of Alternare’s team gave a talk titled “The Soil” to third grade students in Ocampo. We also monitored and maintained 16,095 pines, oyamels, oaks, ashes, and birches in the school tree nurseries.

Along with Alternare, MBF celebrates twenty years of working together towards monarch and forest conservation and we never forget your generous support which has allowed us to achieve this milestone!

 THANK YOU!!

Children at the "M. Butterfly Migration play area"
Children at the "M. Butterfly Migration play area"
Nov 27, 2017

Gratitude and Monarchs are in the Air!

Pine trees for planting at the C.Morales community
Pine trees for planting at the C.Morales community

The end of the year is almost here and as everyone prepares for the holidays the monarchs arrived in Mexico, to the delight of the local communities. Right on the Day of the Dead, monarchs started flying about and settling in the oyamel trees!

September, October, and November were busy months for several communities in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. One hundred and fifty eight people participated in seven workshops which resulted in the construction of 10 fuel-efficient stoves, one cistern and the establishment of ten tree nurseries.

Doña Graciela, from the Senguio ejido proudly showed us her stove and told us, “I am so grateful for my new stove. Knowing that I’m not harming the forest so much, makes my “tortillas” taste much better!”

MBF is also thankful and our success - manifested in the joy our recipients feel - would not be possible without you! ¡Gracias!

Thank you and warmest wishes for this holiday season! 

Graciela makes tortillas in fuel-efficient stove
Graciela makes tortillas in fuel-efficient stove
 
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