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HELP SAVE THE BUTTERFLIES!

$8,915 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 124 people in 8 months
Created March 26, 2018
Butterflies and their People
on behalf of Ellen Sharp
BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR PEOPLE

A forest is being cut down, monarch butterflies are losing their homes, and their numbers have plummeted by 90% over the past 20 years.

Every fall, high in the mountains of Mexico, in a small area of ancient forest, monarch butterflies arrive by the millions. It takes one year and four generations for the monarchs that live east of the Rockies to complete their 3,000 mile journey where they seek out stands of trees last occupied by their great-great grandparents, and it’s here they winter.

We recently visited the Cerro Pelón Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary to witness this natural wonder, awed by the beauty of this spectacle--and alarmed by its fragility.

The effects of big agriculture and climate change makes maintaining a thick forest canopy in the monarchs’ overwintering grounds crucial.  Unfortunately illegal logging of the butterfly forest continues because local people lack any other economic option.

Macheros-based non-profit Butterflies and Their People, AC, with support from the Monarch Butterfly Fund, has been able to hire, equip, and train three full-time arborists to monitor and protect the core sanctuary area. The arborists provide important research data.  They monitor monarch nectar sources and predator patterns, and document the biodiversity of Cerro Pelón by tracking birds, wildflowers, and mushrooms.  Most importantly, their presence protects the forest. Clandestine logging has declined since these three arborists began making their rounds. Help us reduce it even more!

We want to raise an additional $6,000 to hire, train, and equip an additional full-time arborist from one of Cerro Pelon’s surrounding villages. One more arborist will be able to cover more ground, the butterfly sanctuary will have one more guardian,  and one more family will be pulled out of poverty.

Please help us save the monarch butterflies by supporting this grassroots effort to protect their forest. Ensure that future generations can also experience the wonder of entering a natural cathedral of millions of monarchs fluttering about their sacred grove.

Click here to learn more about Butterflies and Their People, AC 
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Hello Everyone,

Hopefully we've solved the tech/link issues and this update will come through is good condition.

https://medium.com/@ellensharp/taking-care-of-the-butterfly-forest-602f389236a9

If not, it will be back to the drawing board, but, fingers crossed, here goes...

Richard
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I'm sorry, it appears the link won't open. As soon as we get this tech issue squared away we'll get in touch.

Richard
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Dear Friends,

Please use this link for a message from Ellen Sharpe about the butterflies and their people.

https://medium.com/@ellensharp/taking-care-of-the-butterfly-forest-602f389236a9?fbclid=IwAR2OR1lMIYQ0ZGbMPbdl3gxuVoonfPeBL6Ru6pq-vG4XTBR0lj6C0ePeeH8

As always, thank you for your support!

Richard Wells
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Spending Your Money, Dept. of:

Newest B&TP arborist Leonel gets his first paycheck. Thank you to all the supporters of our GFM campaign for making this possible!
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Raised by 124 people in 8 months
Created March 26, 2018
Butterflies and their People
on behalf of Ellen Sharp
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