Butterfly Migration Update: May 27, 2005
From Along the Migration Trail
This is the week we've been waiting for!
flurry of 48 monarch sightings flew in, as the migration continued
its advance into the Upper Midwest. Over fifty percent of the week's
sightings came from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
the Minnesota observers was 8-year-old Christopher M., who was thrilled
to spot a monarch before his mom. "He knows his monarchs,"
vouched his mother, and added that Christopher's first word was "flies"
for butterflies. "We had GREAT winds blowing in from the south
on Saturday and Sunday (May 21 & 22). Maybe that helped the migration
first monarchs have indeed crossed into Canada! A very worn butterfly
was spotted at Point Pelee National Park on the northern shore of
Lake Erie. The sighting occurred on May 14th so it missed its rightful
place on last week's migration map.
second sighting from Ontario came on Saturday the 21st, from the tip
of the Bruce Peninsula, "the hopping off point for northward
migrating birds and butterflies crossing Lake Huron/Georgian Bay,"
said the observer.
The leading edge of the migration has now reached latitude 45 N. That's
half way to the North Pole! How far north do you think the monarchs
will travel? Where do you think they will stop and why?
Does This Year's Migration Compare?
Migration maps from previous years show how the pattern and extent
of this year's migration compares:
Monarch Migration Continues!
Other Journey North migrations have come to an end, but we'll continue
to track the monarchs until they have expanded across their entire
breeding range. Weekly updates with migration maps and data will be
provided every Friday until the end of June.
Need Your Help: Please Report Your Sightings
an important year to document the migration, so please don't go away.
Even if monarchs have already been reported from your state or province,
we want to know when YOU see YOUR first monarch.
We can't track the migration without your help!
Evaluation: Please Share Your Thoughts!
Please take a few minutes to share your suggestions and comments in our
Year-End Evaluation. The information readers provide is critical for planning
new initiatives and for improving Journey North. We'd appreciate your help.
The Next Monarch Migration Update Will Be Posted on June 3, 2005
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