|Ellen Sharp talks to Monarch in Eastern Iowa members, October 2016.|
Ellen has a BA from Brown University and a PhD in anthropology from UCLA. She turned her attention to the plight of monarch butterflies after first visiting the butterfly roost at Cerro Pelón in 2011, when she met Joel Moreno Rojas. She now lives full time in his hometown of Macheros, Mexico, at the entry of Cerro Pelón Monarch Butterfly Preserve, where they run JM Butterfly B&B together.
Ellen is asking for our help in getting the word out to help save the trees that monarchs need to overwinter in Mexico. Please give if you are able!
March 29, 2018
Dear Monarch Watchers,
The monarchs have left the Cerro Pelon Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, taking what work there was in butterfly tourism along with them. One day after they left, the sound of chain saws was already echoing out of the forest and around the valley. Our neighbors are already resorting to illegal logging to feed their families.
Thanks to the support of the Monarch Butterfly Fund, three local people now have alternative employment as full-time forest arborists on Cerro Pelon. Some of our recent guests have started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise $6,000 to hire, train and equip an additional arborist so that we can increase the presence of paid personnel in the forest and pull one more family out of poverty.
I’m writing you to ask for your help to get the word out about this campaign—consider contributing and sharing www.gofundme.com/ butterflies-and-their-people with your networks.
Illegal loggers only get around $15-20 USD per tree; it doesn’t take much to pay poachers to protect the forest instead of pilfering it.
You can read more about the project here: https:// butterfliesandtheirpeople.org/
Thank you for your consideration and all of your efforts on behalf of our monarchs!
Ellen Sharp & Joel Moreno Rojas