Each fall the monarch butterfly travels thousands of miles to spend the winter in the forests on 12 mountaintops in central Mexico. The monarch migration is the most spectacular two-way migration carried out by an insect.
The forests provide unique microclimatic conditions that allow monarchs to survive the winter. Forest degradation is putting this amazing migration in peril.
The abundance of monarchs shows a discouraging downward trend over the past 20+ years. Click on the graph to enlarge and on this link to read how the numbers were obtained.
In the Spotlight
Sweet Briar College is holding a celebration in honor of Lincoln Brower on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 3:00 p.m. The ceremony will be at their butterfly garden and will be followed by a reception at 4:00 p.m. in the library. If you wish to attend you can register at Dean’s Office’s web page. If you’re coming from out of town, you are welcome to have dinner with Linda Fink in the college dining hall. A wonderful tribute to remember our dear colleague!