Forests for monarch butterflies
MBF’s mission is to foster the conservation of North American monarch butterflies and their migration. We focus our efforts in four strategic areas: habitat conservation, scientific research and monitoring, outreach and education, and sustainable development.
The integrity of forest ecosystems at the monarch butterfly’s overwintering sites and their surrounding area is important for the conservation of the migratory phenomenon and for the well-being of local residents. With this strategic initiative we support science based, comprehensive conservation projects, including reforestation and forest restoration that involve local communities.
Scientific Research and Monitoring
Aware that a strong scientific foundation is key to achieving our mission, we support research in all our strategic areas. The research projects we fund include habitat and species assessments with direct relevance to the conservation of overwintering sites, management options for natural resources and biodiversity, evaluation of natural and human induced threats, and actions that address sustainable development alternatives, among others.
Outreach and Education
We support environmental education programs that lead to greater recognition, understanding, and appreciation for monarch butterflies and their migration. Our programs focus on supporting the training of local communities in conservation activities, including reforestation, forest restoration and ecotourism. We also support citizen science projects and the dissemination of information about the natural and cultural diversity of the monarch region.
We promote activities that allow local residents to improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency, and support the adoption of ecological techniques and community productive projects. In partnership with local organizations, we finance projects for the production of organic vegetables, organic fertilizers, fruit, and forest trees, as well as the construction of fuel-efficient stoves and cisterns to capture rainwater.