Monarch butterflies may be gone in thirty years. Saving them seems apolitical, but environmentalists have landed in the sights of drug cartels, illegal loggers, Trump supporters, and even clandestine avocado farmers.
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Two Mexican conservationists have been found dead within the span of a week. Both were environmentalists in the state of Michoacán in southwest Mexico. Michoacán is home to the El Rosario reserve , where monarch butterflies hibernate during the cold season.
The slain conservationists worked for the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
Homero Gómez González — manager of the monarch butterfly sanctuary in El Rosario, Mexico — went missing on January 13 and illegal loggers are suspected.
Watch the trees turn orange with butterflies.
Witnessing the monarch butterfly migration in Mexico should be on every nature-lover’s bucket list.
Forest monitoring found that only five hectares of the core zone were affected, mainly due to natural causes and marginally due to clandestine logging.
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Monarchs are an iconic butterfly species found around the world. But the Eastern North American subspecies is the only one to make an annual migration that can span from the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico to Southern Canada.
OCAMPO, Mexico — This is a story that must begin at the end. But oh, what an end.
I stood on a forested mountaintop in Mexico in late February, mesmerized by monarch butterflies swirling around me, darting in and out of the trees and pockets of sunlight. They were high in the blue skies, clumped by the thousands on tree trunks and branches, clustered on woodland flowers and swarming in small streams of water on the forest floor. The sound of their wings was like a whisper on the breeze.
Beams of sunlight shone through 100-foot-tall oyamel fir trees like spotlights on a stage, with enough dancing butterflies to make a Bollywood extravaganza.
Bucket list experience? Absolutely.
Mingling with monarchs on a Michoacan mountaintop was a singular experience, mystical and almost spiritual.