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Monarch Migration Update: September 30, 1997
The migration has reached Oklahoma and Texas! According to
Dr. Bill Calvert of the Texas Monarch Watch, large numbers of Monarchs--hundreds to thousands-were reported flying
yesterday over a number of towns from San Angelo to Abilene to Hawley to Breckenridge to Grapevine, between Dallas
and Fort Worth. Explained Calvert, "The butterflies are riding north winds and will come down to roost tonight.
If you live in these areas of central Texas, you may be graced with their presence. Expect the flights to continue
off and on for at least the next two weeks."
Monarch Numbers Diminish in North
"Our highest count totals for the year occurred on the 19th and 20th. We had 1504 on the 19th and 1368 on the 20th.The vast majority of monarchs were counted between the 13th and the 20th.Numbers are probably lower than normal because we opened our monarch counts up to the public and delayed the count by 1/2 and hour.On several mornings, the monarchs were already active and crossing the lake."
Contributed for Dan Dufour, Park Naturalist
Point Pelee National Park
by Don Davis Donald_Davis@stubbs.woodsworth.utoronto.ca
Across the Lake Erie from Pt. Pelee, in Ohio, St. Rose School wrote to say: "Our area is on the pathway of these migrating wonders. A troop of Boy Scouts from St. Rose School was camping at Point Pelee Provincial Park, where they witnessed a great many migrating monarchs, covering the area. Later that week, reports in our Toledo Blade newspaper reported that many of the monarchs were resting on the beach at Maumee
Bay State Park, which is right across the lake from Point Pelee." (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Monarchs are still migrating through Nebraska, according to a recent report from Ben at Fredstrom Elementary
School . "My dad and I were driving on Interstate 80 near Omaha and I saw about 12 monarchs over head. They
were flying south." Further north, while on the 35th floor of an apartment building attending a wedding reception,
Dave Vos, grade 4 teacher in Minneapolis, spotted a monarch trying to find its way past the window and around the
building--in order to continue its journey to Mexico..