Monarch Butterflies Complete Annual Migration to Mexico

Dec. 3 – Millions of butterflies have found sanctuary in Mexico as they complete their annual migration from North America, according to a Reuters News report.

The Mexican government has plans to massively expand the sanctuaries in the coming years, according to Monarch Butterfly Reserve Director, Concepcion Miguel Martinez.

A news video about the 2008 migration is here.  Monarch butterflies complete their annual migration to Mexico.

Monarch Watch director Orley “Chip” Taylor is one of the scientists interviewed in this article from National Geographic about the Monarch Butterfly migration. Internal Clock Leads Monarch Butterflies to Mexico.  Dr. Taylor is also featured in the New York Times video above.

More about Monarch Watch here.

Newly hatched Monarch butterflies cling to Chip Taylor's hat and beard as they harden their wings.  Taylor is the founder of Monarch Watch.

Newly hatched Monarch butterflies cling to Chip Taylor as they harden their wings at the Monarch Watch open house at the University of Kansas in September 2008.

Monarch Butterflies hang out at the scree house at Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas in September 2007.

Monarch Butterflies hang out at the screen house at Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas in September 2007.

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2 responses to “Monarch Butterflies Complete Annual Migration to Mexico

  1. Spawn and I spent the better part of a very hot morning in September tromping about in the river bottoms with a group of similarly-minded folks, tagging monarchs as they passed through our area. We tagged three. We also caught a turtle. If it hadn’t been so blasted hot it would have been a perfect morning.

    Of course now I’m looking back fondly on that day because it’s 27 degrees here right now.

    It always seems to rain here for tagging, which is about an hour away, so I confess that I haven’t made participated. Next year, rain or shine, I’m going!

  2. red

    these butterflies are so beautiful!

    anyways, thanks for dropping by my blog every once in awhile. I am doing good.I havent been posting much because I am a bit busy with school and we just got back from a short vacation in Illinois.
    I hope you are doing great too. Take care now. =)

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