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Mar 5, 2014

MBF Welcomes 2014 with Hope and Enthusiasm

Children proudly display their new school cistern
Children proudly display their new school cistern

In spite of the low monarch population numbers recorded during the 2013-2014 migration, all of us at MBF have reasons to hope. The challenging situation faced by monarchs has prompted ordinary citizens, scientists, intellectuals and politicians into action. During the recent North Amarican Leader's Summit, the prime minister of Canada and the presidents of the U.S. and Mexico agreed to form a working group to conserve monarchs. Please go to our website to read the most recent updates and media reports about the monarchs.

At MBF we continue promoting conservation of the forests in Mexico and will focus our efforts in 2014 on the conservation of water. From December, 2013 to the beginning of March, 2014 our local partner Alternare continued bulding cisterns to capture rain water. After a workshop held in an indigenous community with 8 men, one shared cistern and 3 families in 3 different communities built a cistern for their personal use.

Fuel-efficient stoves have become very popular among the local communities and during this period 3 women and 17 men where trained resulting in a total of 6 stoves contructed (2 in local schools and 4 in different communities). School children and adults are taking care of more than 9,000 trees in 16 school nurseries, preparing for future reforestations.

Thanks to your continued support MBF has become a positive force in this moment when monarchs needs us the most. We are sincerely grateful.

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Children in N.Romero tend their tree nursery
Children in N.Romero tend their tree nursery

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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.

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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.

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Cistern built by the Nicolas Romero Community
Cistern built by the Nicolas Romero Community
 
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