Sunday, November 15, 2015

Monarch Butterfly Fall Migration


Monarch Butterfly Migration


Monarch Butterflies heading south on their Fall migration pass through the vast forested Great Smoky Mountains looking for isolated meadows with wildflowers to refuel. It is getting late for this area as most wildflowers at higher elevations are dead, but I managed to spot three in an hour on October 12th. Monarch Butterflies are under considerable environmental pressure and in danger of disappearing. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a Monarch banding program. More information at the links below:
http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/Monarch_Butterfly/migration/index.shtml
http://www.gsmit.org/CSMonarchTagging.html

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