Butterflies and Their People Updated:03/2021

We are a non-profit that employs local people to protect the Cerro Pelon Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Our forest guardians participate in citizen-science projects, documenting natural regeneration and flora and fauna.

Please help us save the monarch butterflies by supporting this grassroots effort to protect their forest.

All around the world, people are passionate about protecting the natural wonder that is the monarch butterfly migration. Every year, millions of monarchs fly up to 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico to spend the winter roosting in fir trees high in the mountains of Mexico. But their winter home is at risk: poverty pushes people into illegal logging of the butterfly forest. Our mission is to preserve the butterfly sanctuary by creating jobs for local people in forest and monarch butterfly conservation.

The Butterflies & Their People Project is an Asociación Civil (non-profit organization) registered and located in the village of Macheros in the State of Mexico. Macheros has one of the entries to the Cerro Pelón Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, the site where the monarch butterflies’ astounding annual migration was first confirmed in 1975. Despite this distinction, Macheros remains a marginalized peasant community with few sources of income—apart from cutting trees.

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Contact Butterflies and Their People

Dr. Ellen Sharp
Board Member and Project Director
Phone: 715-120-1388

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