Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Migrate to Intriguing Monarch Butterfly Sites

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Migrate to Intriguing Monarch Butterfly Sites

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In all the world, no butterflies migrate like the monarchs of North America. They travel up to 3,000 miles twice a year: south in the fall and north in the spring. To avoid the long, cold northern winters, monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains winter along the California coast. Those east of the Rockies fly south to the mountain forests of Mexico.

Unlike migrating birds and whales, however, individual monarchs only make the round-trip once. It is their great-grand-children that return south the following fall.

Children's Butterfly Site

4 stars

"Despite their small size, butterflies and moths are some of the world's most wondrous animals. Their beauty, seemingly miraculous metamorphosis and apparently carefree flight all spark our imaginations."

Entomologist Paul Opler answers children's questions about butterflies ("How do butterflies go to the bathroom?") and tells the butterfly life cycle story through click-and-print coloring pages. Be sure to visit the photo gallery.

Journey South 2000: Monarch Butterfly

5 stars

The Journey South project tracks the fall monarch migration by collecting reports of the first sightings of southbound monarch butterflies.

Each week a migration map will be produced, showing a "live" snapshot of the migration in progress. Register now to become a "news reporter" and receive daily updates, challenge questions and online lesson plans.

Registration is free, and only registered participants can report their sightings. Printed materials are available for a nominal fee.

Magnificent Monarchs

5 stars

The World Wildlife Fund Canada has created an outstanding educational resource that includes a Monarch Migration Game.

Try to lead your monarch safely south to its wintering home. …

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