Monarch Butterfly Fund has never posted photos documenting how it has ever used donation money to help monarch butterflies in a biologically meaningful way. Example: TheFund has never posted photos of new butterfly cluster trees planted at the overwintering sites in Mexico to replace those that were cut down by loggers, toppled by storm winds or mudslides or burned during forest fires.
Monarch Butterfly Fund carries out effective work in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve because of partnerships developed with the Reserve management, local communities and NGO's. These projects benefit the monarchs but also the ejidatarios who make the Reserve their home. Past projects include reforestation, workshops on the construction of water cisterns and high efficiency wood stoves. As active participants in the reforestation and rehabilitation of 10 ha of Monarch Reserve forest that were egregiously illegally logged on Sierra Chincua last summer, MBF was involved in the planning, Board members engaged in tree planting, and MBF made key recommendations which included allowing parts of the area with healthy oyamel fir seedlings to regenerate naturally. MBF paid for fencing to keep wandering cattle out of the natural regeneration areas. This important work must continue! Your generous donation will make this happen. Read about our work at http://monarchbutterflyfund.org . Thank you.
From what I am reading at the Monarch Butterfly Fund website (monarchconservation.org) this has been another productive year for this effective 501 (c) (3) non profit, engaging in projects that benefit both the monarchs and the ejidatarios who live in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Contrary to comments made in an earlier review by John Marks, MBF was not created in 2014 but in 2009 through a merger of two non-profits, and they have expanded on the projects they support in the Reserve. I am sending them a donation today to ensure that the work they do will continue.
Inspired by reading the latest MBF newsletter posted at www.monarchbutterflyfund.org
I will donate even more money to MBF this year! Almost 28,000 trees planted in partnership with Alternare and 700 men and women from 7 indigenous communities; workshops sponsored for the building of energy-efficient wood stoves, water cisterns and dry latrines; important scientific research sponsored; 21 tree nurseries established. Both the monarchs and people living in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve benefit from this work. Collaboration with U.S. monarch conservation efforts as a member of Monarch Joint Venture. Founded in February 2009, this non-profit has an admirable track record of landmark accomplishments. The results are in! DONATE TODAY!
Think, people! This organization JUST STARTED in summer, 2014! Their so-called "reviews" are dated at the same time as their start-up! Yet, those reviews and the home page are claiming a long and successful track record by the MBF! Do you really want to give your money to a group who is not honest about their origins? Who is not honest about what they have actually done as the Monarch Butterfly Fund? Who recruits others to be DIS-honest for them in writing these "reviews"? Whose very tiny, very recent track record exists in another country where their alleged activities cannot be monitored or verified?
The PEOPLE who have formed MBF have a long track record as dedicated monarch researchers with MANY years in that field combined. But the ORGANIZATION is not as they claim. Why would they do that? What could possibly be the motive? Would it have anything to do with the U.S. President opening the financial floodgates for monarch and pollinator conservation and these people hurriedly formed this group to cash in? The presidential announcement and the MBF were made public at the same time. Why not say" we have created this new group and this is what we want to do, will you help us"? Why lie? That's a BIG RED FLAG.
You would all do well to back up from this thing and go very slowly. Or maybe not go at all! There are other groups of long-standing and with an incredible success rate who have been re-foresting the monarch biosphere reserve areas. You would do well to check them out first before going with a brand new group who makes false claims and believe they are very clever to do so.
The monarch butterfly fund is a professional and credible organization dedicated to conserving monarch butterflies and their habitat. By partnering with local communities, the Monarch Butterfly Fund is working to strengthen conservation efforts while improving the quality of life of both butterfly and local people populations. The experts, members and donors who invest in this organization are committed to the well being of people, butterflies and the planet.
I could not think of a group of people that is more committed to monarch butterfly conservation than MBF. I completely disagree with username VGRR who says that MBF only provides travel funds for a few monarch enthusiasts. Clearly, this person has not been involved with MBF and has no clue of what MBF does for Mexican ejidatarios who protect and conserve the overwintering habitat for monarchs. I have been lucky enough to get to know and to collaborate with MBF board members who are the most knowledgeable group of scientists I know. I have never been in touch with a group of people that is so driven to conserve the migratory phenomenon of monarch butterflies. I would like to invite username VGRR to come to Mexico and witness how MBF has changed the lives of many people and has supported various projects aimed at conservation of the overwintering sites. If anybody is interested in knowing what MBF does in Mexico I invite them to contact me. Kind regards,
Dr. Pablo Jaramillo López, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Monarch Butterfly Fund is doing a great job of taking action to reverse the downward trend in the population of the Monarch butterfly. I expect that we will see positive results in a few years.
I went down and visited their operation in the buffer zone of the Monarch Butterfly reserve. It is going really well, they know their stuff when it comes to trees and have a great team on the ground. They are also very reliable and quick to respond to any questions / concerns.
We are lucky to have an excellent group like the Monarch Butterfly Fund to support monarch conservation in Mexico, where habitat protection and restoration are essential to the monarchs' winter survival. Their local programs in education play a vital role. Their reforestation projects replace and improve the stands of Oyamel Fir trees that the wintering monarchs need to roost in.
I have been following the activities of monarch support organisations for many years and count the Monarch Butterfly Fund among the most valuable.
Toronto Entomologists' Association
I have been a Monarch Butterfly citizen scientist since 1994. Since that time I have been actively involved with many of the people and organizations affiliated with the Monarch Butterfly Fund. Its existence is very important for the support of educational programs in three countries and the many tracking and data collecting programs around the country, mostly being led by people like me and my associate volunteers in parks and gardens year around to render the information of the importance of this marvelous bell-weather for our fragile environment. We need the Monarch Butterfly species to thrive and we need the support of your organizations to continue do all we can to protect and improve the plight of all the smaller life that has to rely on the spaces we create.