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Monarch Monitoring is Underway!

October 8, 2012

Dear Friends:

Jocelyn and Roberto Jiménez Reyes live above Angangueo on a hill known as El Cerrito. When the monarch arrive here we always see them first at El Cerrito.

Yesterday afternoon, they welcomed me at their home to get permission from their Mom to monitor the monarchs' arrival in the coming days.

We went together to look for the possible presence of monarchs all around El Cerrito this afternoon. During the walk, we noticed how lush and green our mountains look after a good rainy season, which is just coming to an end. We hope enough moisture is stored in our forests to endure the coming dry season which our weather forecasters predict will be severe this year.

Our dry season typically lasts from November to May. The monarchs are here during this time and the butterflies depend on the these forests for moisture too.

After a long walk, we saw no a trace of a single monarch, so Jocelyn and Roberto marked zero on the "x" axis on the monitoring graph. This is our first official monitoring record of the season—for all of you in the north and for us eager to see the first monarchs arriving!

Until next week.

Your local reporter,

Estela Romero
Angangueo, Michoacán
With Jocelyn and Roberto Jiménez Reyes
This Year's Monarch Monitors

Angangueo, Michoacan, Mexico Map: Location of monarch butterfly overwintering region in Mexico
Near the two largest monarch sanctuaries.
Twelve Wintering Sites
The mountain region in central México where monarchs overwinter.


Monitoring the monarchs' arrival in Mexico
Jocelyn and Roberto

Jocelyn and RobertoThe family's home

Jocelyn and RobertoLooking for monarchs

Monitoring the monarchs' arrival in MexicoRecording Data

Monitoring the monarchs' arrival in MexicoThe Monitoring Chart