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Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Reserves


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The Monarch Butterfly in Mexico
Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Reserves

Monarch Butterfly

© Suzanne Barbezat

Every year hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies undertake a great journey of up to 3000 miles in their annual migration from Canada and the United States to their wintering grounds in Mexico. Once in Mexico the monarchs congregate in the oyamel fir trees of Michoacan and Mexico states.

The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2008. The protected area covers over 200 square miles. Within the Biosphere Reserve, there are a few areas that are open to the public. Visiting the monarch butterfly reserves offers the visitor a chance to witness a wonder of nature. Being surrounded by thousands of fluttering butterflies and seeing them carpeting the forest floor and weighing down the branches of the trees is truly a remarkable experience.

Read on for more information about the monarch butterfly, and a guide to visiting the monarch butterfly reserves in Mexico.

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