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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Michoacan's Monarch Butterfly Reserve!

Every November through March millions, perhaps as many as A BILLION Monarch butterfly's overwinter in the eastern part of our state, Michoacan.

In the spring, just before they head north, they mate. What really surprised me is that it takes up to four generations for their migration to make it back to Canada!

I guess that puts a new twist on the term "Snowbird", as a great number of Canadians who come to Mexico are called.

The Butterflies LOVE the Dahlias!


Every so often, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), designates sites as being "of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity".

In 1991, the Centro Historico of Morelia was named to this list.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/585


Just this week, UNESCO has added Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve to this list.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1290


The picture above, is of a couple of butterflies that seem to love the dahlias in our yard, the lantana are also very popular. But they are not monarchs, as you can see they lack the distinctive white dotted border to their wings.

Sadly, in our 2 years here, we do not seem to have made it there.
The first year, Shannon was in a wheel chair, the second, we just didn't seem to make it.

Hmmm, maybe for the upcoming season we should have a bloggers get together there.
Hey it could be the Bloggers Breakfast In the Butterfly Bioreserve!!!!!
Look out it's the BBBB!!

5 comments:

Felipe Zapata said...

It´s best to go early, December or so. If you wait till March, you will be slogging up that dusty mountainside with about one billion other procrastinators. Really.

GreggR said...

We visited El Rosario sanctuary in December 2006.
If I might be so bold, please check out post:
http://mjgreggourworld.blogspot.com/2006_12_01_archive.html
We had a great visit to the monarchs.

GreggR said...

Thanks for stopping by.
Our photos didn't do the monarchs justice, but hopefully one gets a sense of how incredible it is to stand so close to what really is one of the small wonders of the world.
It was so much fun watching our Grandson, watching the butterflies.

Anonymous said...

we are planning to go in the morning. but we dont know if they are there yet or not. its sun night 630pm the 23rd.

Todd said...

Word has it that they are there in force so you should have no problems.

If you are planning on staying in the area over night, I reccommend the staying in the town of Tlalpujahua. Beautiful place.

Let us know how it goes!

Todd

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