Magazine article American Forests

Monarchs in Mexico

Magazine article American Forests

Monarchs in Mexico

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EACH FALL, millions of young monarch butterflies set off" from their disparate homes across Canada and the U.S. and head south. It's a journey of several thousand miles, and they have never made it before - yet, they know just where to go. They will converge - all 100 million or so of them - on a few small areas around Michoacán, Mexico. There, they'll blanket the oyamel fir forests of their ancestral winter residence in a cloak of shimmering orange and white, a surreal landscape unlike any other sight on Earth.

For nearly a decade, American Forests has partnered with La Cruz Habitat Restoration Proj ect on Forests for Monarchs, a proj ect to restore and improve these amazing creatures' winter habitat. In response to deforestation, we've been planting native trees - particularly oyamel fir - for the monarchs to nest in. Together, La Cruz Habitat Restoration Project and American Forests have planted more than five million trees since 2006, restoring approximately 5,000 acres of land for the benefit of the butterflies and local communities. …

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