Mexican Pollinator Award Winners

2013 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Mexico
Roque Arroyo Rodríguez

Roque Arroyo Rodríguez has rediscovered the lost art of keeping stingless bees and is playing a key role in their local conservation in Puebla, Mexico. The traditional practice of stingless beekeeping, or meliponiculture, dates back to Mayan times, but has significantly declined over the past few decades and is a cultural aspect that is at risk of disappearing. Stingless bees produce sweet, light honey from native forest plant species. Their honey is valued both nutritionally and medicinally and can provide a viable income source to stingless beekeepers. In 2006 Roque Arroyo Rodríguez develop a local stingless beekeeping cooperative, Texochco Sentekitini, in Sierra Norte de Puebla, México. The Texochco Sentekitini cooperative has twelve members that keep bees, and has grown so much that contract pollination services can be provided to growers of local fruits. This all generates income that can support families and the community. Roque and Texochco Sentekitini are proving the value of pollinator conservation and management in Mexico.

2012 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Mexico Rodrigo Medellin, Ph.D. Heads the Program for the Conservation of Migratory Bats, a partnership between the Institute of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, BIOCONCIENCIA, and EcoHealth Alliance.

Like the inaudible chirps and clicks of the bat, the desperate need to protect these animals often goes unnoticed. For more then 25 years Dr. Rodrigo Medellin has been working to change that. As we mark the International Year of the Bat we celebrate Dr. Medellin’s career and commitment to the flying mammal that helps cactus fruit, controls insect populations, and fills cultural mythology.During his career Dr. Medellin founded and today heads the Program for the Conservation of Migratory Bats, a partnership between the Institute of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, BIOCONCIENCIA, and EcoHealth Alliance.

Click here to read more about him and the press release.

2011 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Mexico Dra. M. Isabel Ramirez Monarch Butterfly Fund Mexico

Click here for press release For over a decade Dra. Isabel Ramirez has been supporting an epic migration that spans a continent. Dra. Ramirez has taken a lead role in promoting and protecting critical overwintering habitat for monarch butterflies in Mexico. Her work with local citizens has preserved habitat and has given both the monarch butterflies and the community a second chance. Dra. Ramirez’s conservation action is supported by her research into how local land use change impacts the local climate at the Monarch Butterfly Reserve in Mexico.

2010 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Mexico
Humberto Berlanga

Press Release for Humberto Berlanga
Mr. Berlanga has achieved ineradicable results in avian conservation within Mexico and for the first time has coordination national and international efforts for the conservation of important avian species and their habitats. Migratory pollinators that travel between Mexico and the United States and Canada have been a big focus of Mr. Berlanga. His work has set up monitoring and observation station along important migratory routes that will collect valuable data for future conservation and habitat protection

Bee Health Research

2014 Honey Bee Health Projects - Requesting Proposals, click here for the RFP

Previous Honey Bee Health Improvement Grants - Mexico

2013 - Crop pollinator diversity and abundance in relation to floral resources and forest cover in the landscape
Drs. Martha Lopezaraiza Mikel (P.I.) and Mauricio Quesada Avendaño; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

2011 - Effects of climate or environmental variables on: a) plants, especially nectar and pollen quantity and quality; and/or b) honey bee physiology and/or colony health
Martha Lopezaraiza Mikel with Quesada Avendano; Mauricio Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Assessing floral resources availability in the tropical dry forest and agricultural sites of the Pacific Coast of Jalisco, Mexico to promote honey bee colony maintenance and health.

Conservation Partners in Mexico


Bat Conservation International


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