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Monarch Conservation in Mexico

Each 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.

Students' 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 work.

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Your Contribution Supports Monarch Butterfly Conservation
The Monarch 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.
*Acknowledgement:
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. 2001.

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