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How to Do Monarch Butterfly Ecotourism

Mexico is not a poor country, but its wealth is unevenly distributed. Half of Mexicans live in poverty, including the rural communities that lost their land after the discovery of the monarch colonies. Until recently, these communities lacked tourism infrastructure. Only outside operators benefited from butterfly tourism and locals continued logging the butterfly forest to …

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“Banner Year” in Progress on Cerro Pelon

Cerro Pelon monarchs and their favorite flower, salvia mexicana. Week Three: November 20–27, 2018: Colony Growth and Fission Mexico’s monarch colonies are constantly in flux, varying from season to season, month to month, and even week to week. People try to pin monarch tourism down with generalizations. Like the hike takes however long and the trail …

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