Nearing Northern Limits

June 8, 2022 by Team Journey North

Summer is just a few weeks away. Eastern and Western monarchs are nearing the northern limits of their breeding grounds. And we're excited to share our third video in a series which celebrates international cooperation to protect monarch migration.

“Laying eggs on showy milkweed.” Photo: Stephanie in Shaw, OR (06/02/2022)

Springtime: A Time Of Renewal 

Estela Romero, environmental educator with Monarchs Across Georgia and Journey North, narrates this beautiful video showcasing the Symbolic Migration Project and the flight of monarchs and their journey toward breeding ranges in US and Canada. This video was funded by Monarchs Across Georgia, a committee of The Environmental Education Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization and produced by Alan Vamte, Vamco Productions.

Watch the full video: Springtime: A Time of Renewal»

And read a heartwarming thank you on behalf of the next generation of monarch stewards»

Eastern Monarch Population

Eastern Monarch Spring 2022 Report #11

Monarchs are approaching the northern limits of their breeding range. In last week’s update, there were no reports of monarchs in Manitoba. This week, monarchs have made good progress are being spotted in Winnipeg and surrounding areas (latitude 50°N). Farther east, activity continues to pick up in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, but no reports yet from Prince Edward Island. And New England remains a hotspot of activity for adult monarchs, and now reports of eggs and larvae are on the rise as well.

Read more of the Eastern Monarch Spring 2022 Report #11»

Western Monarch Population

Letter from Gail Morris: Western Monarch Spring 2022 Report #11

In the Western U.S., migration is slowing as more monarchs arrive to breeding grounds and settle in for the summer. Gail Morris writes, “First sightings of monarchs are now reported across the western states as far north as Oregon and Idaho to the delight of observers who missed their flight the last two years. Meanwhile monarchs are now appearing in the higher elevations in Arizona as well as in California, Utah and New Mexico. Northern movement will cease soon as monarchs multiply in their summer breeding grounds around the West.”

Read more of Gail Morris’ letter: Western Monarch Spring 2022 Report #11»