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High Resolution Diversity Monitoring System (SAR-MOD) Project in APRN Cuenca Don Martín - Río Sabinas

Commission nationale des aires naturelles protégées

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With the implementation of the High-Resolution Diversity Monitoring System (Sistema de Alta Resolución para el Monitoreo de la Diversidad—SAR-MOD) in the Don Martín-Río Sabinas Natural Resource Protection Area (Área de Protección de Recursos Naturales—APRN), during 2015 and 2016 the monitoring of the monarch butterfly was energetically carried out in Coahuila’s coal region. Among the results obtained, priority

Among the results obtained, priority monarch passage and stopover sites have been identified and recorded within and without the protected natural area, during the butterflies’ autumn migration, along with reproduction activities during the spring migration. During these two monitoring years, the APRN obtained the first records on butterfly hibernation in Mexico. In addition to monitoring work, the project includes environmental education activities schools and communities in the region, to contribute to awareness with respect to the monarch’s migratory phenomenon. The SAR-MOD project has fostered capacity building among the Community Watch Brigades, for which the monarch butterfly is a priority.

  • José Luis Dávila and Ricardo Olivo (2016), Natural Resource Protection Area, National Irrigation District 004, Don Martín-Río Sabinas Basin, National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas—Conanp).