Reports of Monarch butterflies this week are all over the map as they continue their migration south, but it appears they’re arriving in Mexico today. A story in the Saltillo Herald trumpeted the news, describing the Saltillo sky as “painted orange and
black.” Sources at the roosting sanctuaries say the Monarchs have not arrived yet. Officials at the largest sanctuary, Zitacuaro’s El Rosario, announced last week the preserve will open to visitors on November 12.
A quick check of Twitter search has Monarchs spotted in Monterrey and Saltillo, Mexico, including the photo above snapped by Paulina Marquez of Juarez and sent via Twitpic. With a cold front blowing winds of 30 mph through Texas and knocking temperatures down into the 40s this evening, our neighbors to the South should see a blast of Monarch butterflies over the next few days.
Here’s several translated tweets:
“Wow, impressive the quantity of Monarch butterflies crossing here.” –Veronica Sanchez, Monterrey.
Is it Monarch butterfly season or something? There’s so many in the UDEM (University of Monterrey).”–Lillian Martinez, Monterrey.
“Just like every year, the Monarch butterfly honors us with their presence in Saltillo. We appreciate their beauty and please, don’t harm them.”–Edgar Martinez, Saltillo, Coahuila.
Twitter’s realtime search has helped citizens worldwide track the Arab spring and news like the death of Osama bin Laden. It makes perfect sense that citizen scientists would use the new media tool to track the Monarch migration.
To track the migration in realtime, try these two Twitter searches:
1. Mariposa monarca (in Spanish)
2. Monarch butterfly migration (in English)
Hi Monica – Thanks for another great story. BRW, I just heard from Carolyn at Whispering Water Ranch. They had another huge monarch wave in their pecan trees on Sunday Oct 16 – thousands and thousands clustering in the pecan trees. They must have been traveling just a head of the cold front. She wished we had been there to see! Next year…
Thanks for the update, Jenny. Next year we should reassemble the tag team: Monarch Chasers. There may be a screenplay here somewhere….
Buenas suerte monarcas en su viaje a Michoacan!! Gracias por el update —