She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.
Monarch Habitat Restoration in the USA, Mexico & Canada
Last week Mexican monarch butterfly conservationist, Jose Luis Alvarez & Canadian entrepreneur, Francois Simard joined Megan & me for our Save the Monarch Butterfly tour of New England. We stopped at 8 venues from Boston to Philadelphia, and then wrapped it up with a visit to monarch researcher, Dr Lincoln Brower in Virginia.
With our Save the Monarchs tour coming up next week, we decided to dress this Vermont furniture showroom up for the occasion. Ken and Kyle built a beautiful maple end table and brought it over to Breeze Verdant who inlaid that amazing monarch image above. There are actually over 100 tiny pieces of wood and metal in it!
7 Ways You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies From Extinction
Frequent flyers on this blog are well schooled on the plight of the beautiful monarch butterfly. Over the last couple decades the population has declined by over 90% leaving the monarch in imminent danger of extinction. Once a billion butterflies strong, there are now only about 50 million and the need to conserve their habitat is urgent. The good news is that, with your help and a little cooperation from Mother Nature, it may not be too late. Here are 7 things you can do to help the monarch make an epic comeback in 2016-2017:
Can 3 World Leaders & 3 Small Businesses Save the Monarch Butterfly?
Last month President Obama met with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss climate change and how our three countries can save essential pollinators from extinction. Independent of that meeting, another Mexican, a Canadian and an American were working on the same thing. Jose Luis Alvarez, Francois Simard and I somehow connected because we all love nature and believe that small businesses can & should have a positive effect on the world around us. The part of nature we’re focused on is the beautiful (and endangered) monarch butterfly.
Our friends at the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and REVERB have teamed up with rock stars the likes of Maroon 5, Guster, Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson, Sting, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews, Deborah Harry and dozens of other musicians to bring attention to a subject that’s at the core of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios: