|Monarchs at the El Rosario Monarch Sanctuary|
We enjoyed excellent weather and were completely overwhelmed by the spectacles, millions of monarchs draping the trees and shrubs, drinking from puddles and from wet grass, and at time filling the sky with a blizzard of orange and black. You can read a full report from the trip on the NJ Audubon Eco-Travel web page here: http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/Travel/PDF/Mexico_trip_report_Final.pdf, or see a more extensive photo gallery here: http://www.mgnature.com/mgnature/Mexico18.html.
|Cerro Pelón Monarch Sanctuary|
It's a win-win. We are amazed to see millions of monarchs in such a small area, knowing that every one started its life in the US and Canada and made an epic migratory journey. The local people are equally delighted, and their lives are enriched by both the presence of the butterflies and the money spent by visiting ecotourists. We hope to offer more visits to the Mexican monarch sanctuaries in the coming years.
|Many businesses sport monarch decorations|
|Images of monarchs are seen everywhere in this region|
|Butterfly decorations in the sidewalk in the town of Angangueo|
|The monarch sanctuaries bring many economic benefits to the region|
|Young Mexicans delight in the butterflies, just as visitors do.|
|Monarchs clustered at Cerro Pelón|