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March 2020: Monarchs Remigrate, Leaving Questions in their Wake

The monarchs started a long, staggered departure in mid-February. On Cerro Pelon, part of the colony stuck with their second roosting site above El Llano until the end of the season. Other pioneers flitted about lower altitude locations along the ravine below the meadow. Every sunny day, monarchs streamed down from their perches, turning La …

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Cerro Pelon Update: Continued Arrival and Colony Relocation

https://youtu.be/F6p89eRe3xw Many of you have been asking how the monarch population is looking this season. The answer is very good — at least as good as last year, which was the most numerous people said they had seen in at least twenty years. For official numbers, you’ll have to wait until those figures are released later in …

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Monarch Migration Reaches State of Mexico Sanctuary on October 31, 2019

Usually in late October, the wind rips through the valley and blows the clouds away, ending the rainy season and bringing on the dry. A few years back los vientos de los muertos, as they’re called, toppled the water tank on our rooftop and tossed lawn chairs about the yard like leaves. Last October the …

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Who Is Pato Moreno? The Story Behind the Viral Butterfly Video

On February 2, 2019, Pato Moreno had a few hundred Facebook “friends,” many of them visitors he’d met through his job as a forest ranger in the Cerro Pelon Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Then he posted a video he’d taken at work that day. By the week’s end, he’d accepted 3,000 friend requests and his personal …

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Butterfly Trailblazer: An interview with Cerro Pelon’s first female guide

It’s not unusual to see women working as guides in the El Rosario and Sierra Chincua monarch butterfly sanctuaries. In these sites, anyone who’s related to an ejiditario (members of the community with land titled in their names) can buy the right to work. At Cerro Pelón, the organization of work is simultaneously more inclusive …

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A Spectacular Start: Monarchs Stay Active on Cerro Pelón

The Cerro Pelón Chronicles: A Butterflies & Their People Project November 15–20, 2017 Last week there was talk in the press about this fall’s monarch migration being a “late” one, because people were still seeing monarchs in large numbers in northern climes at a late date. However, as we reported to Journey North, here on …

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