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Monarch Movement

Posted on Oct 5, 2015

As we press on into October it becomes all the more vital for Monarch butterflies to hurry up and head to the south. The weather may feel lovely this week with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s and 70s, but as Yogi Berra said, it is getting late early.

Monarch SFP-0780

The results of tagged Monarch butterfly studies have shown that those individuals that migrate earlier have a better chance of reaching the wintering grounds.

Monarch SFP-0760

Every week that passes at our higher latitudes in the United States means it will be more difficult for those currently passing through to survive the journey. At least right now we have cooperative flight conditions in our region. With any luck some of these individuals will have smooth sailing all the way through to Mexico.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator