Monarchs Migrate Across the Gulf of Mexico?
Contributed by Mr. Don Davis
Evidence that monarchs
MIGHT cross the Gulf of Mexico
- We know that monarchs
can cross large bodies of water. Monarchs are seen
by boaters crossing Lake Ontario, for example.
have been sightings of groups of monarchs roosting on oil platforms
in the Gulf of Mexico. When I flew over the Gulf in 1997, I was amazed
at the number of oil rigs and other platforms in the Gulf. Thus, there
are many opportunities for tired monarchs to rest!
famous monarch biologist Dr. Fred Urquhart reported seeing monarchs
flying in off the Gulf of Mexico as he stood on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
of Tagged Monarchs:
- I have tagged
monarchs in Presqu'ile, Ontario that were recovered directly across
Lake Ontario at Rochester, New York. That's a distance of nearly 50
- I had a tagged
monarch recovered on an oil rig in the Gulf, about 100 miles south of
- Ted McDonald of
Port Hope, Ontario, had his Port Hope tagged monarch recovered in Havana,
Cuba (Urquhart tag - 1960's). Port Hope is on the north shore of Lake
Ontario. The distance to Cuba is about 1,500 miles.