Epic Monarch Butterfly Tours This Coming Season!

by Jennifer Bjarnason ⌂ @, Patzcuaro, Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 00:41 (70 days ago)

WINTER IS COMING: Get your summer started in November!

This winter, Join award winning scientist, Dr. Pablo F. Jaramillo López in a once in a lifetime scientific adventure. Hike through the Mexican Oyamel forests and find the colonies of millions of monarch butterflies that migrate from Canada and the US to their overwintering home in Mexico.

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT THIS TOUR INCLUDE:

Visit a private Monarch butterfly colony that is closed to the public
Our small group size of 26 means no time restrictions with the colony, in comparison to 15 min time limitations in reserves where thousands of people arrive daily.
Have dinner with local indigenous peoples who live inside the reserve
Travel to and from the reserve in the back of pick-up trucks, local style
Taxi transport from Jungapeo to Zitacuaro is included
All meals and accommodations are included.
Assistance getting to Jungapeo from wherever you are!


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Epic Monarch Butterfly Tours This Coming Season!

by Ottawa Joe, Thursday, September 12, 2019, 21:52 (68 days ago) @ Jennifer Bjarnason

We were sailing on the Bay of Quinte on Labour Day weekend and many a Monarch passed overhead direction south. A trip to their Winter resting place is something I will recommend to all, its breath taking to see what must be millions of them on the mountain tops in the trees on the ground. Wow.

Not sure where you only get 15 minutes certainly not where we were 3 years ago. After hiking up for half an hour at an altitude of 2600 meters or more I'd not accept such a short visit with these beautiful creatures.

Epic Monarch Butterfly Tours This Coming Season!

by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Friday, September 13, 2019, 08:37 (68 days ago) @ Ottawa Joe

Seeing the Butterflies was on our Bucket List. It took 2 trips because the first trip in October the Reserve was closed. The 2nd trip was in January. We met people on the trail coming back who did not see any flying- was to early and cold. When we got by the trees the sun was coming through and the air was warming up and they were flying all over above us. It was interesting to see the millions in huge swarms hanging from the branches. There were dead butterflies all over, was told when they mate the male dies- don't know if it is true or not.

Epic Monarch Butterfly Tours This Coming Season!

by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Friday, September 20, 2019, 08:25 (61 days ago) @ Paulf

We went to a Master Gardener's Convention in Louisville for 2 days. Thursday one of their speakers has been studying the migration of butterfly s for years' and stayed at a B&B by one of the Reserves for a period of time. Was very interesting how they tag them to follow their migration. Went to a butterfly store in Louisville on our way home that sells everything involved with butterflies. The store has over 1,000 butterflies(marking some of them) and is involved with the Children's Zoo in Louisville in releasing over 10,000 for their migration to Mexico Saturday that were hand raised. One of the owners of the store is going with a tour led by the speaker from the Convention to one of the Reserves in January. One thing that came out, anyone that has a yard or small acreage need to plant milk weed for the butterflies. 3 Stages of their live involve milk weed and several other plants- laying eggs on the leafs, caterpillars from the eggs, then the cocoon that the butterflies develops in to fly away. Sad part is the first 3 generations only live a short time and the 4th generation makes the long r/t migration and lives over 200 days. Kathie and I have really got caught up in life of a butterfly and now find the caterpillars and put them in like clothe cages. Was told 90% of the butterflies do not survive and the ones that are raised by hand and released has a better chance to survive because their stages of development is protected- we bought a cover to put over the butterfly plant to keep them safe in their development to become beautiful butterflies.

Epic Monarch Butterfly Tours This Coming Season!

by JJK @, Saturday, September 21, 2019, 08:45 (60 days ago) @ Paulf

I joined The Moth and Butterfly Identification Forum on Facebook recently and have really learned a lot. You might want to check it out. The photos alone that are posted are worth it!

Epic Monarch Butterfly Tours This Coming Season!

by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Saturday, September 21, 2019, 09:44 (60 days ago) @ JJK

More people need to get involved with saving the butterflies, with more and more land being taken up for agriculture along their migration is really hurting the population of butterflies. Did not know that there was a ice storm in I believe 2015 where they migrate too and millions died in a short time until going with Kathie to the Master Gardner Convention for Kentucky. Our interest all started with visiting her sister in Min. and having a small habitat on a buffet table to watch them become butterflies.

Epic Monarch Butterfly Tours This Coming Season!

by JJK @, Saturday, September 21, 2019, 13:27 (60 days ago) @ Paulf

lol

Epic Monarch Butterfly Tours This Coming Season!

by JJK @, Saturday, September 21, 2019, 13:32 (60 days ago) @ JJK

Sorry, for some reason my last post didn’t show the words! It said... lol I also kept mine on my dining room buffet table! Then I moved it to front porch. Learned that it was better for the late hatch for successful migration

Epic Monarch Butterfly Tours This Coming Season!

by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Saturday, September 21, 2019, 13:58 (60 days ago) @ JJK

At the conference it was mentioned there was a cover for the plant. It was mentioned that this was the best way for the caterpillar to develop. Cover the plant and when the butterflies are ready to release them let them fly away. Kathie got one very inexpensive. They had a lot of milkweed cut down to about 6 inches in pots at the store- should be more stores all over. A suggestion was put a small milkweed with leaves in the habitat because the caterpillars eat a lot. As I said before, with the environment I wish more people would get involved with the butterflies. What a great summer hobby- since the first 3 generations live only for a short time and provide help for the 4th. Reminds me of the turtle release wanting to help the little ones make it to the ocean.

Epic Monarch Butterfly Tours This Coming Season!

by JJK @, Saturday, September 21, 2019, 16:15 (59 days ago) @ Paulf

For those who have more of a “landscaped “ or formal garden and don’t like the look of wild milkweed. There are two attractive plants that I have in my gardens that are in the milkweed family that the monarchs also love. One is swamp milkweed and the other one is called butterfly weed. It has beautiful orange blooms all summer. There might be more varieties out there also, but those two do well in Wisconsin and have been very successful for me. It’s been just a rewarding and fun summer with my monarchs! I have six more chrysalis and three cats to go!