Monarch Migration Math
How Much Farther Must the Butterflies Fly?

Here’s a fun way to become familiar with the geography of monarch butterfly migration. In each week's migration update we will include a picture from the migration trail. You will see where monarchs were traveling, what they were doing, and the kinds of habitat they were crossing. You will also meet people who are tracking the monarch migration with you.

Tip for fostering inquiry:

  • Have students observe each image before you read the information that accompanies the photo. Ask students, "What do you notice?" or "What do you think is happening?" to help them get started. Take time for discussion and for posing new questions. Simple observations like these are rich opportunities for students to generate their own good questions.

You can also:

  • Collect questions the pictures raise.
  • Gather facts about monarchs and migration.
  • Learn about monarch habitat and geography through visual observation.
  • Find out how much farther the butterflies must fly to reach their winter home in Mexico.

To measure the distance to Mexico:

From the Migration Trail: Photo Gallery
Week 1
Norwich, Vermont

(44 N, -72 W)
Week 2
Mississauga, Ontario
(43 N, -79 W)
Week 3
Hastings, Nebraska
(40 N, -98 W)
Week 4
Fire Island, New York
(40 N, -73 W)
Week 5
Adairsville, Georgia
Week 6
Gaither Mountain, Arkansas
Week 7
Childress, Texas
Week 8
Grape Creek, Texas
Week 9
Galeana, Nuevo Leon
Week 10
First Monarchs Reach the Wintering Sites in Mexico!
Week 10
Bolivar Peninsula,Texas
(40 N, -73 W)
Week 11
The Finish Line

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Each week's new picture will be added here.