Monarch Butterfly Fund

Rating: 4.69 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 2078 Skillman Ave. W Roseville MN 55113 USA

Mission: To foster the conservation of North American Monarch butterflies and their migration through habitat restoration, research, monitoring, education and support for sustainable community development in and near the monarch overwintering areas in Mexico.
Target demographics: preserve North American monarch butterflies and their spectacular migration
Geographic areas served: the U.S. and Mexico
Programs: forest conservation, scientific research and monitoring, education and outreach, and sustainable development.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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. (pjaramil1@gmail.com)

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What an incredible year for Monarch Butterfly Fund in carrying out it's Mission to foster the conservation of North American Monarch butterflies and their migration through habitat restoration, research, monitoring, education and support for sustainable community development in and near the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Having developed the trust and cooperation of local communities through past projects, 32,500 tree seedlings were planted on 32 hectares of land, providing communities with the incentives to be the protectors and guardians of their own forests; skills and knowledge leading to sustainable forestry; future resources with which to heat their homes, cook their food or sell wood to make money with which to support their families; reduce the demand for wood and timber at higher elevations on the mountains where the monarchs spent the winter months. Seeing members of communities rally together - husbands, wives, children and grandparents - digging holes and planting trees is so exciting! MBF is really making a difference!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Carolyn King
Toronto Entomologists' Association

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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.

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Monarch Butterfly Fund provides grants for forest conservation, monarch habitat assessment and species monitoring, scientific research on aspects of monarch conservation, public awareness and outreach regarding monarch conservation, and support for local livelihoods in Mexican communities adjacent to the monarch habitat.

It's the last work that I believe is especially important. The local people near the reserves used to clear these forests as did our ancestors, to feed their families and have wood for fuel. Poverty is a huge problem, and when people are desperate, they turn to logging. MBF works to improve the local economy so that people are not driven to poach.

I know many of the people on the Board. They are volunteers, experts, and passionate about conserving monarchs. Their integrity is impeccable.

Carol Pasternak, Toronto Canada

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Monarch Butterfly Fund is one of the most valuable organizations supporting the monarch butterfly migration. Their support of reforestation at the overwintering sites in Mexico is wonderful. Their funds improve the lives of the local people as well as enabling the planting of thousands of the Oyamel fir trees. I have seen the work that MBF supports at Alternare (in Michoacan) and it is phenomenal. MBF also has several valuable publications that I use for presentations and displays. The website is very user friendly and MBF has worked to provide excellent resource material.

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Monarch Butterfly Fund's strategy focuses on protecting and expanding the forest in the Monarchs' overwintering habitat. In addition, they have programs to educate local people about the butterflies as well as sustainable development projects to help locals make money in ways other than logging.

Without these local initiatives in Mexico, the species will not survive. Protecting habitat in the U.S. is not part of this charity's mission, not should it be, since it would be spreading itself too thin. I am currently a citizen science participant in the Monarch Watch tagging program, and they and other groups are working very hard on the habitat issue in North America. I would be sad if people criticized us for not also working to save the forest in Mexico.

Each group needs to focus its mission, and that is what the Monarch Butterfly Fund has done. I rest better at night knowing there are groups at work protecting the forest where my hand-raised Monarchs will end up needing a place to roost.

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