February Is Here: What Are Monarchs Doing?
Estela Romero explores the captivating world of monarch butterflies while chilly conditions continue at the MBBR. If you happen to spot winter monarchs in the Southeastern or Southwestern U.S., share your observations with Journey North.
Monarchs Overwinter in Southeastern U.S.
Journey North encourages volunteers to report winter monarch sightings in the Southeastern U.S. from December through March. If you live in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, we want to hear from you. Read our instructional flyer and report your observations to Journey North.
Your observational data will be used to assess how the geographic distribution of monarchs might be changing. Are monarchs resting, nectaring, mating, laying eggs, clustering? This information will allow us to better understand what proportion of the winter population of monarchs in the southeastern U.S. are breeding versus wintering in a non-breeding state.
This targeted study is a collaborative effort involving several partners, including the Georgia DNR, Monarch Across Georgia, and the University of Georgia Altizer Lab.
Yumi in Gainesville, FL: “It was an unusually warm day in Gainesville FL today, and in the early afternoon, I spotted an adult Monarch butterfly in my backyard, happily flying.” (01/27/2024)
Sylvia in Pearland, TX: one monarch was observed. (01/25/2024)
From the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
Estela Romero writes “ Amid the towering, dense forests and canopies, our enchanting migratory companions seemed to have found refuge from the freezing temperatures that gripped the region for weeks. However, the recent emergence of a breathtaking cascade of monarch butterflies, just about 200 meters downhill in the familiar La Virgencita spot, has transformed the landscape…” Read more:
More videos have been added to Journey North’s YouTube channel. Enjoy scenes from the Sanctuaries.