Monarch Butterfly Explosion!

Monarch butterfly explosion ©Kim Smith 2014Monarch Butterfly Explosion!

I am back from Mexico and, although there for less than a week, there was much to take in. My most sincerest thanks to all our readers for your safe-travels well-wishes and kind thoughts!

The butterflies were dazzling and beautiful beyond imagination, but also very sad. This wondrous migration of the Monarchs, which has taken place for over a million years, is in serious peril. If changes are not made very soon, the migration will end. I’ll write more about my trip and the extraordinary scientist that I traveled with, Doctor Tom Emmel, this weekend after I am all caught up with design work and photography projects. Additionally, I interviewed Dr. Emmel at the top of the Sierra Chincua Monarch Colony, located in Michoacán at 10,000 feet above sea level, and will be bringing GMG readers the full interview!

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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18 Responses to Monarch Butterfly Explosion!

  1. Dave Moore says:

    Glad you got back and guess it was a little high elevation there! Look forward to the posts and am very happy things turned out so well and you got to live a it (Monarchs) in person. This is the departure time or soon :-)

  2. Great shot, Kim. Shared on Monarch Crusader. We’re all anxious to see more. :)

  3. So great to read your post! Love your descriptive words and can’t wait to see your photos.

  4. Thank you so much for bringing the information from your visit to us!!!!!! It will be my second full year raising Monarchs and various butterflies. I became a Waystation 7015!!!! Met so many new friends on Facebook that share my passion for the natural world!!! LIVE,LOVE and GIVE with NO REGRETS!!!!!! MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!!!

  5. Nicole says:

    Looking forward to hearing all about your trip! (I grew up in Gloucester -that’s where my love affair with Monarchs began!) I was at the sanctuaries in 2009 and last year — the fragility was clear, so I can only guess what you felt. Please blog and write and share the story far and wide! We can bring them back.

    • Kim Smith says:

      I’d love to hear more Nicole on your early encounters with Monarchs in Gloucester.
      Fragility is a very apt word to describe the current state of the Monarch migration. Thanks for writing Nicole and please check in again because as soon as I can I will be sharing more.

  6. Kim ~ looks like some of your followers were “waiting in the GMG wings”! How encouraging for the inspired work you do and posts you bring ~

  7. Gabriela says:

    Hi! Thanks for all your efforts toward making people more aware of the fragile situation of the Monarchs and butterflies in general. I have always been interested un butterflies, but seems like this year I am getting really involved.
    In February, I was planing a trip to Mexico to observed the Monarch, unfortunately I didn’t do it. Please, let me know if I can help in any way…besides spreading the word or working in my garden. I would love to volunteer my time to help or go to Mexico, I speak Spanish here is who am I.
    http://www.nineproductions.com/about-us/gabriela/

    Muchas gracias!

  8. Pollinator says:

    The last ice age ended around 10,000 years ago. Butterflies did not migrate into regions that were solidly covered by ice then. The present migration pattern was established only after the ice sheet receded.

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