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Monarch Butterfly of Mexico

Monarch Butterfly in Michoacan Mexico

The Monarch Butterfly is a tenacious survivor. The Monarch Butterfly is organized. The Monarch Butterfly is also very beautiful.

Migration of the Monarch Butterfly

The annual migration of the Monarch Butterfly is one of nature's greatest mysteries. Incredibly, four to five generations separate the monarch populations that make this long and dangerous migration. Each Monarch Butterfly that journeys to Mexico is the great, great grandchild of a previous generation to have made it.


Monarch Butterfly Migration Destinations

Every fall, the Monarch Butterfly gathers in southern Canada to migrate. Until recently, it was not known where these butterflies went. We now know that the Monarch Butterfly often travels over 3,100 kilometers, just to overwinter in places like Michoacan, Mexico. More specifically, these butterflies usually congregate at a small town in Michoacan called Angangueo. The ocassional Monarch Butterfly might also winter in Cuba or California. These long flights pose great danger for the butterflies, especially from predators.


The Butterfly of Michoacan Mexico

In sanctuary in Angangueo, Michoacan in Mexico, the are thousands, or even millions, of Monarch Butterflies. From morning until about 1:00pm, you can see them flying around and almost obscuring the sky. You will hear the fascinating sound of their wings flapping.


The Monarch Butterfly Model Forest

The Monarch Butterfly Model Forest (Bosque Modelo Mariposa Monarca) was established as part of the international network of model forests for the protection and conservation of the butterfly's habitat in Mexico. The Monarch Butterfly Model Forest covers more than 790,000 hectares and 22 different municipalities; 12 in the State of Michoacan, and 10 in the State of Mexico. A strategic plan developed with technical assistance from Canada addresses the three basic areas of ecotourism, community development, and natural resource management. In 1998, the Monarch Model Forest requested technical assistance from USDA Forest Service International Programs primarily in ecotourism.


Guided Monarch Butterfly Tours

Vancouver Language centre offers regularly scheduled tours to see the magnificent Monarch Butterfly of Michoacan Mexico. Join us for a memorable experience with the Monarchs.


Learn more about the Monarch Butterfly

  • Amazing Comeback of the Monarch Butterfly.
  • Internal Clock Leads Monarch Butterfly to Mexico - National Geographic.
  • An Unexpected Encounter With Several Million Butterflies - Mexconnect.
  • Down Mexico way - Nature.
  • Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca El Rosario ( Sanctuary of the Monarch Butterfly )
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