Killer Winter Storm Hits Mexican Towns Near Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary


House destroyed by mudslide.
House destroyed by mudslide copyright Sue Sill, LCHPP

  I spoke with Sue Sill, Executive Director, La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, (LCHPP) via email yesterday. She is in Mexico now where the damage of floods and mudslides destroyed Angangueo and El Rosario, towns near the Mexican Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.  We do not know the status of the monarch butterflies yet and what the survival rate is.  There is no way in or out at the present time. According to Monarch Watch, we will need to wait and see.

You can make donations directly to:  LCHPP, 404 Victoria Ave., McAllen, TX 78503.  We are also raising funds for LCHPP on Happy Tonics Facebook Blog. 

Read the news at CNN at http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/02/09/mexico.floods/index.html

October Hill Foundation in Connecticut donated $5,000 in seed money to initiate the monarch area assistance fund.

Won’t you please help by donating to help LCHPP?  Thank you.

Mudslide in Central Mexico
Road washout with a lonely dog copyright Sue Sill, LCHPP.

What would life be without the Monarch Butterfly?  The monarch is a butterfly of transformation.  Is she teaching us that clear cutting leaves the mountains vulnerable?  No tree roots to hold the soil can bring soil erosion through heavy rains which in turn can bring floods and mudslides.

The monarch needs the Oyamel fir forest to survive in Mexico.  Stop clear cutting to save the Mexican Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.  Mexico is the home country of the monarch butterfly. Reforestation will begin in the spring with funds raised for LCHPP.

2 Comments

  1. We are interested in visiting the small towns near Monarch Butterfly’s winter habitat in Mexico. Can you give us suggestions where to stay?

    Thanks.

    Dennis

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    1. Hi Dennis,

      I regret to tell you that two butterfly towns suffered damage with floods and mudslides last winter in both Anganqueo and El Rosario. Both are simple small peasant towns near the sanctuary. Check online to see if roads, bridges and housing have been restored.

      You can learn more at http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2010/02/storm-on-the-mountain-mariposas-monarcas-monarch-butterflies-michoac%C3%A1n-2010.html

      Be sure to verify if the habitats are even open in 2012 after the natural disaster in 2011. So many monarchs were lost in the winter storm. Our habitats in Wisconsin and around the country are seeing monarchs but not in record numbers.

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Mary Ellen
      http://www.happytonics.org
      http://www.insectamonarca.wordpress.com

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