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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
Aug 28, 2017

More Than 23,400 Trees Planted This Summer!

Girl from C.Morales community plants a tree
Girl from C.Morales community plants a tree

Our summer reforestation was wonderful!  Joined by 151 women, men and children from Crescencio Morales, Donaciano Ojeda and Nicolas Romero indigenous communities, this summer we planted 23,400 trees in 20 hectares! It is impressive to witness the enthusiasm felt by parents, teachers and children that participate in the tree planting. The kids were especially eager and expressed their joy unabashedly. One little girl said it best, “I am so happy that we are planting trees for the monarchs! That way they’ll keep on coming back to visit us every winter!”

During June, July and August we also carried out six workshops in the States of Mexico and Michoacan: two to train seventy-four women and fifty-two men in reforestation techniques, and four to construct cisterns with the participation of twenty-one women and eight men. During this period, the communities built thirty-five fuel-efficient stoves, one cistern to be used by a family and another for the community.

The forest is ready to receive the monarchs this coming fall! With your support and the help of local communities we are making sure the monarchs keep migrating back south.

YOUR contributions ARE making a difference! 

Pine planted in C.Morales indigenous community
Pine planted in C.Morales indigenous community
Instructor Anastacio shows planting techniques
Instructor Anastacio shows planting techniques
Anastacio helps a family in C.Morales to plant
Anastacio helps a family in C.Morales to plant
May 31, 2017

Reforestation Ahead for MBF!

School Children Working at C.Morales Nursery
School Children Working at C.Morales Nursery

The first semester of the year is usually a busy planning season for Alternare. However, although the local communities are preparing for the upcoming 2017 summer reforestation they have also been participating in the various workshops held by Alternare. During March, April, and May, six workshops were held in Carpinteros, Donaciano Ojeda, Donato Guerra, Jesus de Nazareno, Tuxpan and San Miguel Chichimequillas indigenous communities. A total of 33 women and 41 men participated, resulting in the construction of two cisterns, the establishment of one tree nursery, and the building of seven fuel-efficient stoves, 5 for the communities and 2 for individual families.

A total of 23,400 trees are ready to be planted in approximately 20 hectares. Reforestation will take place in Curungueo, Carpinteros, Donaciano Ojeda, Crescencio Morales and Nicolas Romero indigenous communities and is planned for the beginning of July, during the rainy season to make sure the trees have enough water. The communities have all asked for and agreed with the reforestation, ensuring their collective participation in the process. Environmental education is a key component of Alternare and MBF so most of the trees for the reforestation come from school nurseries. This allows the team to engage children in the entire tree planting experience from beginning to end.

As one of the teachers told us, “The nurseries are an excellent opportunity to discuss the importance of taking care of natural resources with the children, especially the forest where they live”.

As monarchs head north, MBF, Alternare and the local communities will be more than ready to receive them when they come back to Mexico!

All of us, together, will continue doing everything we can to conserve the special and unique migration of the monarch butterflies.

THANK YOU for being a part of our team!

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Mother & Daughters at F.Serrato Weeding Seedlings
Mother & Daughters at F.Serrato Weeding Seedlings
 
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