Here’s an exciting update on our Monarch Butterflies from Journey South, a great organization that uses citizen science to track migrations of wildlife across North America:
Migration Highlights: Monarchs Crossing Mexico by the Thousands At last! Thousands and thousands of monarchs appeared across northern Mexico this week. Observers in the state of Coahuila say this is the best migration they’ve seen in years. Señora Rocío Treviño, who coordinates Mexico’s migration-tracking program Correo Real, forwarded the news. She wrote late Tuesday night after her spectacular monarch-watching day:
October 20: Saltillo, Coahuila
Today monarch butterflies adorned the sky and fields across Coahuila like we haven’t seen for years. From Cuatrocienegas to Saltillo people reported thousands of butterflies. I went out into my garden this morning and counted an average of 60 per minute for nearly two hours. This evening, I took my granddaughters to a stream in the “Boca de Leon” canyon to search for roosts. At last, there were clusters of some three thousand butterflies and something incredible that I have never encountered in all my years–a monarch with a tag! Unfortunately, I didn’t have my net so couldn’t catch the butterfly to read the tag but I did take a photo.
Can you find the monarch with the tag (etiqueta)? Take a look!
Read Rocio Treviño’s report in Spanish:
Photos of the Week: What does northern Mexico Look Like?http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/fall2009/Image102209.html
The pictures at the link below were taken in the Mexican states of Coahuila and Nuevo Leon and posted on Google Maps. This week, you can explore the landscape of the monarch’s migration trail across northern Mexico through pictures!
Links: Monarch Resources to Explore