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Open House Letters from Our Readers

Magazine article Sunset

Open House Letters from Our Readers

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Golden days in Santa Fe

Upon reading "Hikers Fall for Santa Fe" (October, page 50 in Mountain and Southwest editions), we tossed the sleeping bags in the Explorer and drove the backroads through Arizona and New Mexico. We hiked all the trails listed and were awe-inspired by the Winsor Trail to La Vega at the Santa Fe Ski Basin. The enclosed picture shows the golden trail.

John Grootveld


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A link between Western and Mexican monarchs

Your feature "Mapping the West's Monarch Migration" (Points West, November, page 46) departs from what we actually know about Western monarch movements. The piece repeats the mistaken "Berlin Wall" model of monarch migration--the notion that the Rocky Mountains separate the "Eastern population," which migrates to Mexico, and the "Western group," which migrates to the California coast. My travels with the autumn migration in the West showed that some monarchs born west of the Rockies also fly to Mexico. The significance of this discovery, since confirmed by other workers, is that the Californian and Mexican monarchs cannot be saved piecemeal, but are intrinsically linked.

Robert Michael Pyle, author,

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies


Nutritional numbers game

As a recently converted dietary hawk, I am perplexed by the nutritional details you conveniently provide at the end of your recipes. …

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