UNESCO has just added the Monarch Reserve in Mexico to its list of World Heritage sites!monarchs

8 July – The World Heritage Committee, meeting for its 32nd session, finished inscribing new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on 8 July with the addition of 19 cultural sites and eight natural sites to the List…

So, what does this mean? From the UNESCO site:

“World Heritage designation, in the case of most protected areas, increases the associated funding potential of the site. Although this is not an official eligibility criteria for Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funds, the designation does increase the chances of securing GEF resources ” – Gonzalo Castro, Biodiversity Team Leader, The GEF Secretariat.

Hopefully this will help purchase adjoining areas to the reserve, to enlarge the area for monarchs to hibernate. Yay!

BTW, you can adopt a classroom in the region of the reserve via Monarch Watch; it provides school supplies for needy kids and under-funded teachers.

Other posts on Monarchs:

Fabulous image of the reserve from StevenMiller

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. Photographing those Monarchs was a joy but learning about them from our expert tour guide was even more memorable. These amazing creatures take three generations to make the flight from mountains of central Mexico to Canada and back. They pass the required navigation information to offspring en-route since these butterflies cannot survive a round trip flight. I invite travelers to Moralia Mexico, a beautiful and friendly, colonial city. Stay a few days and take the Monarch tour to nearly 10,000 feet in elevation and three hours away by tour van.

  2. Ook! The video to one of my favourite songs, “Saint Simon” by The Shins, was filmed in the reserve, and features many thousands of Monarchs. Unfortunately the Youtube link isn’t the best quality, but you get the idea…

  3. Apropos of this, the first Monarchs appeared yesterday in the big milkweed patch I keep for them up at the north end of the meadow. :)

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