An etherealgirl's Adventures in Cyberland

Monday, September 19, 2005

monarch fall migration begins

Though I've never seen one in progress, the Monarch Fall Migration to Mexico and parts of California is currently underway. A bit of information about their over-wintering sites can be found here.

This site has alot of information pertaining about tracking the Fall Migration happening throughout North America.

The journey of these delicate yet amazingly enduring beauties is an inspiring testament to the adaptability and hardiness of nature when allowed to follow its course unimpeded; a passage from Monarch Watch that just completely blows me away:

In all the world, no butterflies migrate like the Monarchs of North America. They travel much farther than all other tropical butterflies, up to three thousand miles. They are the only butterflies to make such a long, two way migration every year. Amazingly, they fly in masses to the same winter roosts, often to the exact same trees. Their migration is more the type we expect from birds or whales. However, unlike birds and whales, individuals only make the round-trip once. It is their children's grandchildren that return south the following fall.

In the natural world, nothing is impossible!

monach on lavender flower

image courtesy of Teens for Planet Earth

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