Journey North News

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed Spring Migration 2014: February - July 2014

The magnificent migratory generation is developing. Watch for signs of southward movement in mid-August.

Image: Katie Hone

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

Breeding is in full force and the population is growing with each new generation.

Image: Darleen Horman

Students Find Monarch Larva in Milkweed Patch

June 19, 2014
Tracking continues! Please report your first monarch egg, larva, and adult.

Image: Jenny Eckman

Monarch Butterfly Nectaring from Milkweed

June 12, 2014
The monarchs have now spread across 1 billion acres into prime breeding habitat.

Image: Holli Hearn

Monarch Butterfly Nectaring on Crab Apple Blossoms

June 5, 2014
With the breeding season in full force, monarchs need nectar to fuel their active lives.

Image: Dennis Bjorn

Monarch Butterfly Egg on Milkweed Bud

May 29, 2014
A dramatic increase in monarch eggs brings a hopeful start to the breeding season in the north.

Image: Jody Vernay

Female monarch butterfly in New York City

May 22, 2014
Sightings doubled this week as monarchs sailed into the Upper Midwest. Dr. Chip Taylor is watching for prospects of recovery.

Image: David Jakim

Monarch Butterfly Laying Eggs on Milkweed

May 15, 2014
Sailing on south winds, monarchs advanced into 4 new states and our first Canadian province. Those from Mexico are fading away, but one remarkable female made it to Indiana.

Image: Julie Mast

Magnified Monarch Butterfly Wing

May 7, 2014
With wings to the wind, the monarchs will soon fly swiftly into new northern territory. Look closely at the wings that can carry them thousands of miles.

Image: Raul Gonzalez

Newly Emerging Milkweed

May 1, 2014
First monarchs of the new generation are appearing as those from Mexico fade away. A surge in sightings will occur when the new generation advances northward.

Image: Chuck Patterson

Nearing the End

April 24, 2014
The monarchs from Mexico are nearing the end of their journey, and a new generation must soon take their place.

Image: Kathy Metzger

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary | Aerial View

April 17, 2014
In celebration of Earth Day, share the monarch's remarkable story to inspire your community to protect milkweed and nectar-rich habitats.

Image: Elizabeth Howard

Egg-laying Monarch

April 10, 2014
The final monarchs from Mexico are officially on their way! Following spring milkweeds, monarchs are spreading across their southern breeding range and are quickly producing the next generation.

Image: Kathy Metzge

Monarch Butterflies

April 3, 2014
The monarchs are moving across Texas in full force now, and hundreds of thousands still remain in Mexico. Several unexpected sightings this week raise valuable questions.

Image: Estela Romero

Monarch Butterflies

March 27, 2014
The first wave of migrants entered Texas and Estela says millions more are on their way from Mexico.

Image: Estela Romero

Monarch Butterflies

March 20, 2014
Here come the monarchs! Estela witnessed a dramatic departure on Thursday, and observers along the migration trail are waiting to report first arrivals.

Image: Estela Romero

Monarch Butterflies

March 13, 2014
We're waiting for news of the mass departure from Mexico and the first sightings in the north. Where will monarchs travel to find what they need this spring?

Image: Estela Romero

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary | Aerial View

March 6, 2014
There's a flurry of activity as thirsty monarchs break out of their clusters in search of water. The journey north is about to begin!

Image: Gail Morris, Southwest Monarch Study

Monarch Butterflies

February 27, 2014
As the end of the overwintering season rapidly approaches, important changes are taking place. The monarchs have survived for 4 months without food and their fat reserves are running low.

Image: Estela Romero

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

February 20, 2014
With migration set to begin within a month, people are rallying on behalf of the monarchs. Learn how you can help with the conservation initiatives now underway.

Image: Dr. Lincoln Brower, Sweet Briar College

Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

February 13, 2014
Where are the monarchs? The distribution of this year's small population raises conservation concerns.

Image: Dr. Lincoln Brower, Sweet Briar College

Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

February 6, 2014
The monarch butterflies now overwintering in Mexico will serve as the seed stock for future generations. Learn how you can help.

Image: Estela Romero

Monarch sanctuary region of Mexico Overview of the Season
Winter: On February 6, 2014 our season begins at the monarch overwintering sites, deep in central Mexico. The monarch's survival story is one of the most incredible in nature. Spring: Monarchs head north in March. Get ready to track the migration. Report your sightings and track the migration on real-time maps.
Monarch sanctuary region of Mexico

Fall 2013: Thursdays: August 22 - November 7, 2013

November 14, 2013
Monarchs are now arriving at the winter sanctuaries in Mexico. How many survived the journey? Why do monarchs fly across the continent to reach this special place?

Image: Estela Romero

Monarch sanctuary region of Mexico

News Flash: 10 pm EDT November 6, 2013

First monarchs have reached their winter home in Mexico!

Image: Estela Romero

Monarch butterfly overwintering region in Mexico November 6, 2013
Millions of monarchs have yet to reach their overwintering site in Mexico, a region only 73 miles wide. How the butterflies find this place—where none has been before—is one of nature's greatest wonders. Image: NASA
Monarch Butterfly

October 31, 2013
Monarchs are moving across northern Mexico now, and the first should reach the overwintering region any day. The arrival is tied to Mexican traditions, culture, and seasons.

Image: Carol Cullar

Monarch migration crossing the US/Mexico border

October 24, 2013
The long-awaited wave of monarchs has entered Mexico. Although it's their first migration, monarchs follow routes previous monarchs have flown.

Image: Carol Cullar

Monarch Butterflies nectaring in Iowa prairie

October 17, 2013
Monarchs are stacking up in Texas under south winds, and coming down from the north in unsually large numbers. Can late-season monarchs make it to Mexico?

Image: Matt Irwin

Monarch Butterflies nectaring in Iowa prairie

October 10, 2013
Long-awaited north winds swept the migration into Texas, and a late peak occurred at northern latitudes.

Image: Matt Irwin

Estela Romero welcome

October 3, 2013
The migration made a clear push southward this week. Estela Romero says people in Mexico are eager for the monarchs' arrival.

Image: Estela Romero

Monarch Butterfly

September 26, 2013
Monarch migration is stop and go. The places monarchs rest and refuel are important for the success of the migration.

Image: Janet Allen

Monarch Butterfly

September 19, 2013
Monarchs rely on the wind to get to Mexico, but it's also a migration hazard. This week explore how the wind can affect our tiny travelers.

Image: Barbara Bonham

Flower Phenology

September 12, 2013
As cold-blooded animals, monarchs are affected by temperature throughout their lives. How can warm temperatures impact fall migration?

Image: Elizabeth Howard

Monarch Butterflies nectaring in Iowa prairie

September 5, 2013
Numbers are down, but monarchs are on their way to Mexico, flying, nectaring, and roosting.

Image: Bruce Morrison

A Typical Roost

August 29, 2013
We're waiting for reports of overnight roosts, a traditional sign of fall migration. Your observations reveal this year's unfolding story.

Image: Patty Moss

Monarch Butterfly

August 22, 2013
Fall migration is underway! With low numbers this breeding season, how many monarchs will be migrating to Mexico?

Image: Jared Buker

Monarch butterfly migration

Get Ready!
Get ready to track the monarch's migration to Mexico! Beginning August 22nd, weekly news updates will be posted on Thursdays. Read pre-migration news, find out how to report your sightings, to real-time maps, and more...

Image: Bud Hensley

Monarch Butterfly laying egg on milkweed Archived Seasons

Explore previous migration seasons:

Image: Frank Matheson