Countless monarch butterflies migrate into Mexico each fall, resulting in one of Earth’s great spectacles.
According to Monarch Watch, about several hundred million monarchs make the 3,000-mile trek from North America when the temperatures start to drop, which is happening now. Monarchs are cold-blooded creatures and can’t survive long winters.
So if you’re visiting one of our Global Discovery locations in Mexico, such as Cancun, Nuevo Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas, you may encounter one of these beautifully dense and delicate flocks in the wild. It’s a sight to behold. There are a few butterfly sanctuaries around Mexico, including Cancun, and some areas even have tours depicting the orange-heavy forests. However you choose to spend your vacation, it is prime for sightseeing and photography. This week marks the peak migration period for monarchs, so why not follow them down south?
The population, however, is dwindling and this natural marvel might have already reached its highest point. Larvae only eat milkweed, and the once common plant is being extinguished in exchange for biofuel. The nation’s ever-changing climate doesn’t help the cause either. As such, according to Monarch Watch, the monarch population that was once several hundred million is down to less than 100 million.
The U.S. Forest Service has a few suggestions on how to help, such as being a good citizen to the planet and planting your own milkweed.
If you’ve been lucky enough to stumble onto any breathtaking butterfly experiences or have great photos, share with us in the comments below!