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Massive Arrival of Monarchs Has Begun!

October 29, 2012

Dear Friends:
Over the weekend we were worried—after seeing only six, four, one and then zero monarchs—that we wouldn't be able to announce the official arrival.

However, today after noon time, I drove Jocelyn and Roberto and three other children back home. The moment we reached El Cerrito, the five children in the car wanted to come with me and see if Monarchs were arriving.

A little before we reached the site, the children started to shout enthusiastically at seeing some Monarchs flying around along the road!

Evelyn quickly ran home to bring her puppy "Bambi" with her. As we reached the little forest area, we could immediately notice Monarchs flying around here and there among the Pine and Cedar trees. As we walked around a 1-2 kilometer area the children and I could see that the monarchs were increasing to a few hundred butterflies.

Last year, the first Monarchs arrived almost one week earlier and in perhaps triple the quantity we have seen so far.

Evelyn, Gilberto and Carla (7, 7 and 8 years old respectively) attend the same elementary school as Jocelyn and Roberto. They were very excited to know what the chart is about, and helped to fill it in.

Bambi, the children and I had a very exciting time knowing we could now announce the Monarch's official arrival to all of you!

We welcome the butterflies to their Mexican home!!!

Your local reporter,

Estela Romero
Angangueo, Michoacán, México

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