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.
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.
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.
The Monarch Butterfly Fund mainly provides free airfare and hotel expenses for a select few monarch butterfly enthusiasts to visit the overwintering sites in Mexico and attend various meetings in the USA and Canada. MBF hasn't done anything that truly helps monarch butterflies - like it hasn't spent time contacting state highway departments in its own home state of Minnesota to get them to stop mowing milkweed plants at times of year when monarch eggs and caterpillars are on the plants.
I am so grateful that there are people like those in the Monarch Butterfly Fund to act on behalf of all of us to protect and preserve these creatures, both delicate and hardy, as they struggle with the conditions that we have created. Their activities (the MBF that is) are both sensitive and practical and get at immediate solutions to the plight of the butterflies, food and safe habitats. The butterflies are one of the early victims of our carelessness with our environment and we need to pay attention to the warning they are providing.
I'm behind the MBF 100%
GENERATIONS TO COME WILL BE GRATEFUL FOR THE LEGACY THIS NONPROFIT
A VAST UNDERSTANDING AND HELPING THE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES CONTINUE THEIR AMAZING JOURNEY , SO THE PLANET EARTH CAN CONTINUE BENEFETING FROM THIS SPECIES.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR INCREDIBLE WOR!!