October 31, 2015 2 Comments
Scientists have confirmed that the Eastern North America population of Monarch butterflies successfully avoided Hurricane Patricia last week during their migration to Mexico. The butterflies sensed the wind and humidity of the hurricane, and detoured east to take shelter in mountainous ravines. The butterflies are healthy and are currently en route to their wintering grounds in the forests of Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (a World Heritage Site). Monarchs cluster there in the trees to keep warm from October to March. Monarchs living west of the Rocky Mountains winter along California’s Pacific Coast in isolated colonies from San Francisco south to San Diego. Monarchs are the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration. You can track news and status maps of Monarch migration at: https://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/News.html You can help Monarch butterflies by planting flowers to provide nectar and native milkweed to lay their eggs on.