How do you explain the monarch in Massachusetts?

A monarch was sighted on April 26, 2007 in Massachusetts. That's early! The woman who saw the monarch was Mrs. Clare Walker Leslie, a renowned naturalist and author. She asked:

"Please explain to me why I would have seen an adult monarch floating above the water, heading towards the harbor at Woods Hole, MA. WHERE did this monarch come from?"

How would you respond to her question? What are the possibilities?

  1. Read Mrs. Leslie's comments
  2. Do some research and look at past migration maps.
  3. Write your own letter to Mrs. Leslie. Outline the possibilities and give your interpretation.
  4. See how we responded to Mrs. Leslie's observation. (Our letter to Mrs. Leslie.)

Location of the sighting

Our letter to the observer