Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is a conservation area and World Heritage Site within the wintering grounds of most of the monarch butterflies that migrate from east of the Rocky Mountains for up to 4,000 km south to central Mexico. The reserve is located in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt pine-oak forests ecoregion on the border of Michoacán and Mexico State, 100 km (62 milles), northwest of Mexico City. It is estimated that between 60 million and 1 billion butterflies arrive in this area alone any given year. While over 56,000 hectares are part of the biosphere reserve, the butterflies themselves only inhabit a fraction of this when they are in Mexico from October to March. The biosphere’s mission is not only to protect the butterfly species, but also to protect the ecosystem of which it is a part.

This area, which hosts the majority of wintering monarchs from the east of the United States and Canada, has only been known to scientists since the 1970s. Protection of the area began with a series of presidential decrees in the 1980s, and a 2000 decree promoted the area to the status of federal biosphere reserve. In 2008, the Reserve was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites. Although the montane site remains predominantly rural, a number of conservationists are concerned about the deleterious effects of illegal logging, growing tourism, and tensions between conservation authorities and communities inhabiting the land upon which the Reserve was established

Outline
The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is a conservation area and World Heritage Site within the wintering grounds of most of the monarch butterflies that migrate from east of the Rocky Mountains for up to 4,000 km south to central Mexico.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. Old Town Lunenburg

    Old Town Lunenburg

  2. Belize Barrier-Reef Reserve System

    Belize Barrier-Reef Reserve System

  3. Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl

    Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl

  1. Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde National Park

  2. Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

    Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

  3. Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison

    Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison

  1. Nahanni National Park

    Nahanni National Park

  2. Historic Centre of Puebla

    Historic Centre of Puebla

  3. Miguasha National Park

    Miguasha National Park

  1. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

    Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

  2. Pre-Historical City of Chichen Itza

    Pre-Historical City of Chichen Itza

  3. Darien National Park

    Darien National Park

  1. Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

    Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

  2. Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site

    Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site

  3. Independence Hall

    Independence Hall

  1. Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park

    Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park

  2. Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila

    Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila

  3. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  1. León Cathedral

    León Cathedral

  2. Chaco Culture

    Chaco Culture

  3. Historic Town of Morelia

    Historic Town of Morelia

  1. The Rideau Canal

    The Rideau Canal

  2. Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán

    Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán

  3. Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

    Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

  1. Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque

    Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque

  2. Luis Barragán House and Studio

    Luis Barragán House and Studio

  3. Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

    Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

  1. Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan

    Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan

  2. Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

    Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

  3. Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia

    Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia

  1. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

    Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

  2. Morne Trois Pitons National Park

    Morne Trois Pitons National Park

  3. Pitons Management Area

    Pitons Management Area

  1. Viñales Valley

    Viñales Valley

  2. Ruins of León Viejo

    Ruins of León Viejo

  3. Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite National Park

  1. Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park

  2. Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes

    Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes

  3. Tikal National Park

    Tikal National Park

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top