The first stage of the project has focused on supporting people in Cerro Pelón, Mexico, to build a sustainable local economy through preservation of the Monarch butterfly and its roosting grounds. Working with our partners UNESCO Biosphere Soundscapes and SoundCamp, we are using live-streaming sound equipment to help monitor the butterflies’ flight behaviour and threats to their habitat, as well as creating engaging sound art, which allows people worldwide to listen to the sounds of the Monarchs and the forest where they live. We have been working with the Butterflies and Their People Arborists scheme, connecting with people in the region to train and employ them as arborists, for long-term economic and environmental sustainability. The arborists will use the sound equipment we install to help monitor the forest and protect the Monarchs’ habitat. Through direct collaboration with local researchers and development partners, this project supports sustainable economic development and the conservation of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Monika Maeckle at the Texas Butterfly Ranch has written a blog post about our recent fieldtrip, complete with photo documentation and a link to the live stream on the Locus Sonus Soundmap.
Also, here is a recent installation we made about the Monarchs:
And a presentation that project lead, Rob Mackay gave at the Ecoacoustics Congress in Brisbane in June 2018:
You can listen to the livestream here.
Or view the whole Locus Sonus Soundmap to listen to live streams from around the world.