After the wedding, my parents, along with two of my brothers and their families, went to visit the monarch butterfly wintering grounds near Angangueo, Michoacan in central
I am really sorry that I missed this trip!
My father sent me some photos today, and I have been reading up on the incredible trip these butterflies take. Bev, at Burning Silo, had several informative posts about monarchs in
I gleaned these facts from an informative site devoted to tracking migratory species, including monarch butterflies . The Journey North web site is worth visiting for more information.
Monarch butterfly overwintering colonies are found in
Much has been written about illegal logging in these rare forests and the threat that has brought to the monarch's winter habitat. This is a village on the way to the sanctuary, and it is typical of any number of poor Mexican communities. People who live in poverty are less inclined to be concerned about preservation of an ecosystem than they are about their own survival. With the discovery of the monarch winter home, a significant tourist industry has emerged. This has impacted the economy of the area as souvenirs are sold, guides are needed and food and lodging is required for visitors. There has been international pressure on the Mexican government to preserve this unique habitat.My dad writes, "The parking lot is 3200 meters and the view spot is at about 3400 meters. It was VERY WINDY AND COLD. Most of us walked up to 3500 meters and down the other side of the mountain to the sanctuary of butterflies."
It looks like Dad rode a horse instead. Mom is pictured above wearing a real butterfly. I think it is a flattering accessory.
I will have to plan my next trip to Mexico in January or February and put in a special request for someone in the family to take me to this spot.