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Spring 2013
Monarch Butterfly laying egg on milkweed Monarch Butterfly Update: July, 2013
With low numbers and a late migration, many people are still waiting to see their first monarch of the year. Tracking continues!


Image: Elizabeth Howard
Monarch Butterfly in Iowa Monarch Butterfly Update: June 20, 2013
The migration has advanced north to Saskatchewan and east to Maine, yet many people are still waiting for their first monarch of the year. Tracking continues!
Image: Lisa Pleggenkuhle Grummer
Monarch butterfly in Tamaulipas Monarch Butterfly Update: June 13, 2013
Tracking continues as the migration advances into the Canadian Provinces and northeastern U.S.
Image: Debby Radio
Monarch butterfly changing into chrysalis

Monarch Butterfly Update: June 6, 2013
People in the northern tier of the breeding range are finally seeing their first monarchs. Also, how does a monarch get out of the chrysalis?
Image: Elizabeth Howard

Monarch butterfly changing into chrysalis

Monarch Butterfly Update: May 30, 2013
At last, a surge of sightings entered the north. Also this week, watch a caterpillar transform into a chrysalis.
Image: Elizabeth Howard

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar Monarch Butterfly Update: May 23, 2013
Clear northward movement at last! Also this week, look closely look at the caterpillar that becomes the monarch butterfly.
Image: Elizabeth Howard
monarch rescue in Mississippi Monarch Butterfly Update: May 16, 2013
Monarchs move northward in the east, while the slow migration season continues mid-continent.
Image: Bill Stark
Monarch Butterfly Monitoring Monarch Butterfly Update: May 9, 2013
Surprise sightings in the east raise questions, while the slow migration continues mid-continent.
Image: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
Monarch butterfly in Texas Monarch Butterfly Update: May 2, 2013
Early May is a time of transition. People in the north await the arrival of the new generation. Observers in the south are seeing the last of the monarchs from Mexico.
Image: Chuck Patterson
Monarch Butterfly in Texas with faded wings

Monarch Butterfly Update: April 25, 2013
Habitat is critical for monarchs in early spring. Those from Mexico are nearing the end, and the next generation must continue the journey.
Image: Martha Richardson

Monarch butterfly in Tamaulipas Monarch Butterfly Update: April 18, 2013
Are monarchs traveling when and where their needs for food can be met? Explore the connection between nectar and migration.
Image: Frank Matheson
Monarch butterfly egg Monarch Butterfly Update: April 11, 2013
Monarchs are laying eggs all along the migration trail. How many eggs can one monarch lay—and how does a population grow?
Image: Jay Cossey
Got Milkweed? Monarch Butterfly Update: April 4, 2013
Cool temperatures are holding milkweed and monarchs back. Is the migration later than normal? Explore historic records to see what long-term data reveal.
Image: Veronica Mueller
Laying Eggs in Texas Monarch Butterfly Update: March 28, 2013
Cold temperatures in Texas stopped the migration from Mexico in its tracks this week. This week's spotlight is Monarch Health.
Image: Veronica Mueller
Monarch Butterfly Egg Monarch Butterfly Update: March 21, 2013
As Estela says goodbye to the last butterflies, the first migrants are arriving in the north. Explore monarch conservation challenges and how you can help.
Image: Charmaine G
Monarch population hits record low in Mexico Monarch Butterfly Update: March 14, 2013
The mass migration should begin any day. Mexican officials say this winter's population hit at an historic low. Where will monarchs travel to find what they need this spring?
Image: Journey North
Streaming Monarchs at Overwintering Region in Mexico Monarch Butterfly Update: March 7, 2013
Scientific experts and world leaders have just returned from trips to see the butterflies. Migration starts soon!
Image: Robert P. Morris
Recovering Monarch Tags Monarch Butterfly Update: February 28, 2013
This week, monarch tags and a discovery: Mexico's cold winter temperatures trigger spring migration.
Image: Dave Kust
Monarch butterflies in sanctuary in Mexico Monarch Butterfly Update: February 21, 2013
This week, join Estela Romero on a tour of the world's largest monarch sanctuary. Explore the benefits and risks of ecotourism.
Image: Elizabeth Howard
Monarch butterfly habitat in Mexico: Risks and benefits of cold? Monarch Butterfly Update: February 14, 2013
The monarch's winter home in Mexico is surprisingly cold. Temperatures often fall to freezing! This week, explore how the cool habitat meets the monarchs' needs for survival. Estela tells about life for people in the region.
Image: Dr. Lincoln P. Brower, Sweet Briar College
Monarch butterfly roost in Mexico Monarch Butterfly Update: February 7, 2013
Welcome to Journey North's 20th season. The monarchs reached their winter home in Mexico three months ago after a long fall migration. They'll begin their journey north in only six weeks. Start with the sights and sounds of a butterfly colony—and get ready for a season of discovery.

Image: Art Howard, Artwork
Monarch butterflies arriving in Mexico Welcome to Journey North's spring monarch migration season!
Winter: On February 7, 2013 we begin when the monarchs are still at the overwintering sites, deep in central Mexico. The monarch's story is one of nature's most incredible examples of adaptation and survival. Spring: Get ready to track the migration! The monarchs head north in March. Find out how to report your sightings and track the migration on real-time maps.
Fall 2012
Monarch butterflies arriving in Mexico Monarchs Are Arriving in Mexico: November 15, 2012
They're here! Late and long-awaited, thousands of monarchs surprised Estela at El Rosario Sanctuary on Monday. Butterflies filled the sky and she counted 13 trees covered with monarchs.

Image: Estela Romero
Monarch Butterfly Migration FINAL Monarch Migration News: November 8, 2012
We end our season with thanks to citizen scientists who make tracking fall migration possible. Now that the monarchs are reaching their destination, explore two key questions: Why do monarchs fly across the continent to reach this part of Mexico? How many monarchs survived the trip?

Image: Deborah Klein
Massive numbers of monarchs arrived in Mexico this week Monarch Migration News: November 1, 2012
The massive arrival has begun! It's one of nature's great miracles. Monarchs find a place on the planet where they have never been. This week, explore how the monarchs' arrival is connected to Mexican traditions.

Image: Estela Romero
Mariposa Monarca Monarch Migration News: October 25, 2012
A single monarch was spotted at the finish line! Meanwhile migration continues from as far north as Canada. This week, explore migration pathways. Even though it's their first migration, monarchs follow routes previous monarchs have flown. As they enter Mexico, monarch butterflies become mariposas monarcas. Image: Barbara Messimer
Flight of the Butterflies

Monarch Migration News: October 18, 2012
Where are the monarchs? Texas should be in peak migration but so far the show is slow. We're waiting to see if the monarchs from the east appear there soon! The new IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies is a must-see. Mexican President Calderón endorses the film and explains the importance of monarch conservation.

Monitoring the monarchs' arrival in Mexico

Monarch Migration News: October 11, 2012
"We're ready to host the monarchs!" Estela Romero reports from Mexico. People say butterflies are headed her way, from Nova Scotia to Nuevo Leon. This week, try a research question: How high do monarchs fly—and how high can we see them? Image: Estela Romero

Monarch Butterfly Roost on Long Island, New York

Monarch Migration News: October 4, 2012
"We're ready to host the monarchs!" Estela Romero reports from Mexico. People say butterflies are headed her way, from Nova Scotia to Nuevo Leon. This week, try a research question: How high do monarchs fly—and how high can we see them? Image: Paige Cunningham

Monarch Butterfly Roost on Long Island, New York

Monarch Migration News: September 27, 2012
It was a week of peak migration along the Atlantic coast. "An endless number heading south," said one observer. With up to 3,000 miles to fly, will these monarchs make it to Mexico? Tagging data reveal their chances. Image: Patty Moss

Monarch Butterfly Roost on Long Island, New York

Monarch Migration News: September 20, 2012
It was a week of peak migration along the Atlantic coast. "An endless number heading south," said one observer. With up to 3,000 miles to fly, will these monarchs make it to Mexico? Tagging data reveal their chances. Image: Deborah Klein

Monarch Butterfly carried to England by Hurricane Issac

Monarch Migration News: September 13, 2012
Blown to England! Over 3,500 miles off course, this monarch was apparently carried across the Atlantic by Hurricane Isaac. Monarchs rely on the wind to get to Mexico, but it's also a major migration hazard. This week observers saw how the wind can affect our tiny travelers. Image: Martin Cade, Portland Bird Observatory

Nectaring in Colorado

Monarch Migration News: September 6, 2012
Widespread drought on the migration trail raises concerns about this fall's migration. As monarchs travel through your hometown, what will you see? Discover when, where, and how to watch fall migration. Your observations reveal this year's story as it unfolds. Image: Charlene Ryan

Monarch Butterflies Nectaring

Monarch Migration News: August 23, 2012
They're off! Monarchs are on their way to Mexico and excitement is in the air. The first signs of directional flight have been reported from the north, and we're expecting the first report of roosting monarchs any moment. What makes monarchs born at this time of year so special? We begin with a puzzle about the monarch's annual cycle. Image: Carole Bradshaw

Monarch butterfly annual cycle slideshow

Welcome!
Get ready to track the monarch's migration to Mexico! Beginning August 30th, weekly Monarch Migration Updates will be posted every Thursday. Find out how to report your sightings and track the migration on real-time migration maps. More... Image: Bud Hensley

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