Wintering South of the Border
Many Species Share a Small Area

Measuring Landmass: How Much Smaller is Mexico?
How much land is available in Mexico for millions of winter migrants compared to the land in their U.S. and Canadian summer breeding grounds?

Purple = Mexico

Click on map to enlarge it or look at your classroom globe.

  • Trace Mexico on a piece of paper and cut it out.

  • Place it on the map or globe. Use it to estimate this: How many times smaller is Mexico than the United States and Canada combined?

Journal or Discussion Questions

  • How do you think that sharing small wintering ground could affect monarchs and other migrants?

  • How might habitat destruction in Mexico and southern regions affect them?
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