Every year, at the end of October, millions of beautiful monarch butterflies return to the Santuario
de la Mariposa Monarca El Rosario ( sanctuary of the monarch butterfly of the rosary ). El Rosario, located in Michoacan
Mexico, is one of the few places monarch butterflies spend the winter.
This is a really magical place. I hope and pray that when you are old enough to travel to Mexico, that
this miracle of nature is still there for you to experience.
Do you remember how the leaves looked in the fall? As they twirled and swirled off of the trees? Or
how a snow flurry looks as it whirls around you? Well.. that is what it is like to be in the Monarchs winter forest. There
are sooooo many butterflies that when they are awake the sky is filled with them and when they are at rest the trunks of the
trees are covered in orange .
Our guide told us that when the monarchs rest on the branches of the evergreen trees (oyamel and
fir)..that each butterfly gets it's own needle!
Some of these butterflies may be the late season Monarchs that we raised and set free ! Remember how Mr. Jack put the little stickers on some of their wings ? Well, Miss
Michele and Mr. S. and I saw one with a tag! Could it be ours? Maybe it was.
Rub your hands together with open palms...That is the sound of millions of butterfly wings.