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Journey South News: Fall 2012

Posted Thursdays: Aug. 23, 30, Sep. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1....or weekly until the first monarchs arrive in Mexico!


Monarch butterflies arriving in Mexico Monarchs Are Arriving in Mexico: November 15, 2012
They're here! Late and long-awaited, thousands of monarchs surprised Estela at El Rosario Sanctuary on Monday. Butterflies filled the sky and she counted 13 trees covered with monarchs.

Image: Estela Romero
Monarch Butterfly Migration FINAL Monarch Migration News: November 8, 2012
We end our season with thanks to citizen scientists who make tracking fall migration possible. Now that the monarchs are reaching their destination, explore two key questions: Why do monarchs fly across the continent to reach this part of Mexico? How many monarchs survived the trip?

Image: Deborah Klein
Massive numbers of monarchs arrived in Mexico this week Monarch Migration News: November 1, 2012
The massive arrival has begun! It's one of nature's great miracles. Monarchs find a place on the planet where they have never been. This week, explore how the monarchs' arrival is connected to Mexican traditions.

Image: Estela Romero
Mariposa Monarca Monarch Migration News: October 25, 2012
A single monarch was spotted at the finish line! Meanwhile migration continues from as far north as Canada. This week, explore migration pathways. Even though it's their first migration, monarchs follow routes previous monarchs have flown. As they enter Mexico, monarch butterflies become mariposas monarcas. Image: Barbara Messimer
Flight of the Butterflies

Monarch Migration News: October 18, 2012
Where are the monarchs? Texas should be in peak migration but so far the show is slow. We're waiting to see if the monarchs from the east appear there soon! The new IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies is a must-see. Mexican President Calderón endorses the film and explains the importance of monarch conservation.

Monitoring the monarchs' arrival in Mexico

Monarch Migration News: October 11, 2012
"We're ready to host the monarchs!" Estela Romero reports from Mexico. People say butterflies are headed her way, from Nova Scotia to Nuevo Leon. This week, try a research question: How high do monarchs fly—and how high can we see them? Image: Estela Romero

Monarch Butterfly Roost on Long Island, New York

Monarch Migration News: October 4, 2012
"We're ready to host the monarchs!" Estela Romero reports from Mexico. People say butterflies are headed her way, from Nova Scotia to Nuevo Leon. This week, try a research question: How high do monarchs fly—and how high can we see them? Image: Paige Cunningham

Monarch Butterfly Roost on Long Island, New York

Monarch Migration News: September 27, 2012
It was a week of peak migration along the Atlantic coast. "An endless number heading south," said one observer. With up to 3,000 miles to fly, will these monarchs make it to Mexico? Tagging data reveal their chances. Image: Patty Moss

Monarch Butterfly Roost on Long Island, New York

Monarch Migration News: September 20, 2012
It was a week of peak migration along the Atlantic coast. "An endless number heading south," said one observer. With up to 3,000 miles to fly, will these monarchs make it to Mexico? Tagging data reveal their chances. Image: Deborah Klein

Monarch Butterfly carried to England by Hurricane Issac

Monarch Migration News: September 13, 2012
Blown to England! Over 3,500 miles off course, this monarch was apparently carried across the Atlantic by Hurricane Isaac. Monarchs rely on the wind to get to Mexico, but it's also a major migration hazard. This week observers saw how the wind can affect our tiny travelers. Image: Martin Cade, Portland Bird Observatory

Nectaring in Colorado

Monarch Migration News: September 6, 2012
Widespread drought on the migration trail raises concerns about this fall's migration. As monarchs travel through your hometown, what will you see? Discover when, where, and how to watch fall migration. Your observations reveal this year's story as it unfolds. Image: Charlene Ryan

Monarch Butterflies Nectaring

Monarch Migration News: August 23, 2012
They're off! Monarchs are on their way to Mexico and excitement is in the air. The first signs of directional flight have been reported from the north, and we're expecting the first report of roosting monarchs any moment. What makes monarchs born at this time of year so special? We begin with a puzzle about the monarch's annual cycle. Image: Carole Bradshaw

Monarch butterfly annual cycle slideshow

Welcome!
Get ready to track the monarch's migration to Mexico! Beginning August 30th, weekly Monarch Migration Updates will be posted every Thursday. Find out how to report your sightings and track the migration on real-time migration maps. More... Image: Bud Hensley

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