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Monarch migration underway

The Monarch migration is well underway in 2012

Many Monarchs have covered half the United States from Canada on their way to Mexico

News from Learner.Org’s Monarch Watch. “Fall 2012’s unsual pattern continued this week, with large numbers in the east and small numbers in the drought-stricken Midwest”.

A few years ago we left Patzcuaro early on a March morning, after scraping the ice off the windshield, headed for Angangueo and the Monarch reserve in the east of Michoacan. It was well over a three hour drive in the van that about 10 of us had rented along with a guide/driver.

We spent a few minutes in the little town of Angangueo getting snacks and drinks before heading up the dirt road to the sanctuary entrance. I hear the parking lot has been paved but a few years ago it was dirt and very basic. We paid the 50 peso entrance fee, met our assigned guide and rented a horse for someone unable to walk up hill.

The Monarchs wake up or become active when the sun warms them and that starts around 10-11am. There were still some on the shady side of trees but most were active. A very moving experience and one you shouldn’t miss. The park is open mid November ’till mid March


The road up from Angangueo
The road up from Angangueo

Looking down from 11,000 feet
Looking down from 11,000 feet

Our group and the rented horse
Our group and the rented horse

Monarchs drinking from a stream
Monarchs drinking from a stream

Monarchs in the trees
Monarchs in the trees

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