The Magic of
Monarch Butterfly Migration

This is a monarch butterfly. Monarchs are international travelers.

Monarchs fly from Canada and the United States to spend the winter in Mexico. This trip is called migration. Monarchs migrate as far as 3,000 miles.

Monarchs find their winter home in Mexico like magic. They fly to a place they have never been before!

The butterflies arrive in Mexico in November. Children look forward to the monarchs' return every fall.

The monarchs hang in trees in Mexico for the winter. The forest shelters them.

The monarchs leave Mexico in the spring. Their migration begins in March. The monarchs become international travelers once again.

Children in Mexico, the United States, and Canada track migrating monarchs each fall and spring.

Help track migration. Report your monarch sightings to Journey North.