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Letter From Ellen Sharp: Challenges and Changes

Dear Butterfly People, There are two things I wanted to share with you this week. The first item: Cerro Pelon Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary was featured in the latest issue of National Geographic. The last time Cerro Pelon appeared in these pages was 44 years ago, when this magazine published the cover story “DISCOVERED: The Monarch’s Mexican …

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Letter From Ellen Sharp: A Reminder From the Butterflies

Dear Butterfly People, Our sanctuary is closed to visitors this season, and so we decide to film our first virtual tour, given by my sister-in-law Ana, who’s an experienced butterfly guide. When our 12-year-old nephew Alex finds out we’re going, he wants to come along. Then his younger brother Carlos wants to come too. As we are …

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Letter From Ellen Sharp: First Virtual Tour at Cerro Pelon Monarch Sanctuary

Dear Butterfly People, Our sanctuary is closed to visitors this season, and so we decide to film our first virtual tour, given by my sister-in-law Ana, who’s an experienced butterfly guide. When our 12-year-old nephew Alex finds out we’re going, he wants to come along. Then his younger brother Carlos wants to come too. As we are …

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COVID-19 in Mexico: Thoughts on the Conservation Crisis That Got Us Here

“You have to explain it to him,” Pato said again. It was almost sunset in our tiny farming community at the entry of one of the monarch butterfly sanctuaries. We were waiting for his uncle to emerge from his sprawling warren of a home. I was peering through the panes of their corner store, where …

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