Monarch Conservation in Mexico
fall, eastern North American monarch butterflies migrate up to 2,000
miles to find winter protection in the mountain forests of central
Mexico. In this special area over 100 million monarchs overwinter
until springtime brings a new crop of milkweed to North America.
The special Oyamel fir forest habitat is key to the monarchs’ winter
survival, yet these forests are threatened by wood harvesting and
other human pressures.
contributions have helped protect the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries
in Mexico in many ways. Saving the sanctuaries is a challenge because
the people who live there depend on the forest for survival too, just
like the monarchs. The Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation
(MBSF) is helping to protect and conserve the lands the monarchs
need for winter survival. All student donations support the MBSF's important
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Contribution Supports Monarch Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation (MBSF) was established in August, 1997
by scientists and educators concerned about this rapid loss of habitat.
Through careful monitoring andl educational efforts MBSF helps to protect
and conserve the monarch's mountain habitat.
From a manuscript in review by "Conservation Biology" titled "Quantitative
changes in forest quality in a principal overwintering area of the monarch
butterfly in the states of Michoacan and Mexico: 1971 to 1999"; Courtesy
of World Wildlife Fund, Mexico, and the authors, L. P. Brower, G. Castilleja,
A. Peralta, J. Lopez-Garcia, L. Bojorquez, S. Diaz, D.Melgarejo, and M. Missrie.