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Mexico’s Amazing Monarch Migration
Tue December 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
When you think about riveting wildlife watching, polar bears, elephants or gorillas may come to mind first. But one of nature’s most mesmerizing creatures is much smaller — weighing just half a gram! We’re talking about the monarch butterfly. And we’re talking about tens of millions of them together, so many we can actually hear the collective hum of their fragile wings as we stand in their midst. Curious to know more? Take a virtual journey into the Kingdom of the Monarchs hosted by Court Whelan, Nat Hab’s Director of Conservation Travel. Court is an entomologist and did his Ph.D. research on monarchs and ecotourism—indeed, coming to see the butterflies in the remote fir forests of Mexico’s Central Highlands is an important part of ensuring the protection of their migratory habitat, as local communities benefit from our visit to the butterflies’ realm. Each fall, the monarchs fly some 3,000 miles from the northeastern U.S. and Canada to reach this very specific location where they breed and shelter for the winter. Court is also a photography Expedition Leader who recently published a book of gorgeous monarch photos—some of which you’ll enjoy in our webinar.