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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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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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Monarchs Continue to Arrive, Filling Out the Colony

The Cerro Pelón Chronicles: A Butterflies & Their People Project November 21–27 Migrating monarchs are still in the process of reaching their overwintering sites in Mexico. People in the villages surrounding the Cerro Pelón Sanctuary reported seeing them flying overhead throughout the week. Meanwhile on Cerro Pelón, CEPANAF Ranger Pato Moreno and the Butterflies & Their …

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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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Who Gets to Be a Citizen-Scientist?

Democratizing Monarch Studies to Save the Migration Monarch studies offers a case of participatory ecology par excellence. The confirmation of their annual 3,500-mile migration from Canada to their overwintering sites in the mountains of Mexico drew upon the labor of thousands of volunteers. Starting in the 1950s, “citizen-scientists” all over the US and Canada put …

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