In November 2017, non-profit Butterflies & Their People hired three local people to patrol the Cerro Pelon butterfly forest full-time. Individual donors funded a fourth arborist, who started in spring of 2018. Clandestine logging of Cerro Pelon's core protected area decreased 81% since the arborists started work. And the economic fortunes of four families improved. Oswaldo bought a herd of sheep, Jose Carmen added a floor to his house, Francisco enrolled his oldest at university, and Leonel broke ground on a new home.
We have enough funding to keep paying the arborists through the end of the butterfly season in March 2020. But when the monarchs depart and take the tourism jobs with them, the forest is especially vulnerable. We need your help to continue and expand this successful program of forest protection for another year.
Butterflies & Their People has no administrative overhead. All funds raised go directly to paying arborist salaries and purchasing essential supplies. Please give what you can. The dollar is strong against the peso and costs of living in the Mexican countryside are low: $200 USD covers horse feed for a year, $75 USD pays one worker for a week.
As of last year, the eastern monarch population is on the rebound, but it will take constant vigilance to protect this fragile gain. Thank you for helping us to safeguard this natural wonder for future generations!
Butterflies & Their People, AC