Hope for the Monarchs Fundraiser
Join us on January 20, 2023 in San Miguel de Allende for a fascinating lecture that raises funds for important scientific research (Restaurant TBA)
PRICE IS $2000 MXN AND INCLUDES:
Dinner (drinks & drink tips separate)
Lecture & Visual Presentation with Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez
Donation for Scientific Research in the Monarch Reserves
If you enjoy this lecture, we encourage guests to increase your donation in person
HOPE FOR THE MONARCHS FUNDRAISER
Friday January 20, 2023
Join Dr. Jaramillo Lopez & Soul of Mexico Tours at Cielo Cocina Fusion this February for an insightful and interesting lecture about the monarch butterflies, their migration, obstacles and survival. What makes this such a wonderful presentation, is Dr. Jaramillo's positive perspective on how we, as individuals, can actively participate in helping these phenomenal creatures survive, through our daily choices.
We begin with a 5 course tasting menu, followed by Dr. Jaramillo's lecture, commencing with a question/answer period and open discussion. If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation to assist scientific research in the monarch reserve, please contact us for more information.
MEET DR. PABLO JARAMILLO
Soil Expert, Soil Restoration Expert
& Research Scientist Professor
Dr. Jaramillo studied agriculture in his native country of Ecuador before completing his doctorate in biology at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. His dissertation research focused on reusing human byproducts (organic residues) to create a soil amendment to improve soil conditions for agricultural and forestry applications.
In Ontario, Dr. Jeremy McNeil introduced Dr. Jaramillo to the incredible monarch butterfly migration that originates there. Dr. McNeil encouraged Dr. Jaramillo to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Dr. Jaramillo’s postdoctoral led him to his current position in the department of agroecology at the Research Institute for for Ecosystems and Sustainability at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Morelia, Michoacan.
Having worked with late etymologist, Dr. Lincoln Brower, who made the monarch butterfly migration known worldwide, Dr. Jaramillo has a unique perspective on monarch butterfly biology and conservation. His philosophy is that the local people must be educated about the relationship between the monarchs and the forest where they live, as a means for safeguarding the health of the butterfly forest, which has been threatened by illegal logging. Dr. Jaramillo’s postdoctoral project was a turning point in his life. The project focused on improving the soil ecosystem for more efficient reforestation practices in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. During the process, Dr. Jaramillo collaborated with an indigenous community that lives inside the Reserve. Through the project, 94% seedling survival rates were achieved, and the forest ecosystem was restored in just four years. Collaborating with local communities and promoting their well-being is the only way to effectively conserve the forest ecosystem that monarchs choose as their overwintering grounds, as it has curbed deforestation and rendered new economic means for former loggers. This project earned Dr. Jaramillo the 2014 Pollinator Advocate Award which has encouraged local efforts to continue finding ways to conserve the forests that host monarch butterflies during the winter.
Visiting the monarch butterfly overwintering colonies with Dr. Jaramillo is a wonderful experience not only focused on learning more about these incredible insects but also to see how all of us can help conserve and protect these iconic winged creatures.