Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration
The Monarch Joint Venture is excited to partner with Anthony Battah and his team for the Ultra-Trail Monarch campaign.
About the Ultra-Trail Monarch
Beginning on July 29, 2023, ultra-marathoner Anthony Battah will follow local monarch butterflies on their winter migration from Canada to Mexico, with the aim of drawing attention to the existential threat facing this important pollinator.
The athletic challenge is immense: Anthony will cross 3 countries (Canada-USA-Mexico) and cover 4500 km in 90 days, averaging 50 km per day. He will depart from Montreal on July 29, 2023, and plans to arrive on November 1, 2023, at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in central Mexico.
The idea was born from a deep desire to take action in the face of a critical ecological situation. The magnitude of the challenge is an illustration of the magnitude of the problem and the solution.
Call to Action
The Ultra-Trail Monarch project encourages the following citizen actions:
1. Create monarch habitats along the entire migration corridor by planting milkweed and other nectar-rich flowers; and
2. Raise $4.5 million, or one dollar per meter Anthony will run, to help serious organizations dedicated to protecting the monarch and biodiversity.
Let's Seed the Way
Throughout his "migratory" ultramarathon – from Canada to Mexico - Anthony will plant milkweed and nectar-rich flowers to create "aid stations" for future generations of monarchs. He hopes to initiate a North American movement to create habitats for monarch butterflies. The movement is already underway, with many schools and cities committed to supporting the cause.
Donations to this campaign can be made directly to the MJV HERE or the Canadian campaign. Please note that tax receipts can not be given to U.S. citizens via the Canadian campaign.