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Post by CheenaGringo on Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:54 am

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Site with a fair amount of info if you are interested:
http://www.lakepatzcuaro.org/butterflies.html

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Post by CanuckBob on Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:22 pm

Noe has a trip to there in March that we plan on attending.
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Post by ferret on Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:01 pm

You will enjoy it.
I make this same post every year. When we went in the middle of a February one year, it was during the week and not with a tour. We were on the mountain at 8 a.m. and it was cold enough to see your breath. The four of us walked up the path to the peak. As the sun hit the trees, the first layer of butterflies started stretching their wings in anticipation of flight. As each layer warmed up and took off, the tree branches gently lifted themselves.
The butterflies kept landing on me and we walked, in total silence, except for the sighing of the wind and the sound of a billion butterflies beating their wings.
It was the most spiritual experience that I've ever had.
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Post by CheenaGringo on Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:39 pm

Ferret:

You are really making me jealous as Feb. and Mar. seem to be two months when we cannot seem to schedule a trip SOB and the Monarchs are defintely on our bucket list.

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Post by ferret on Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:00 pm

Don't wait too long Neil. IMHO, it is one of the wonders of the world and their habitat is being encroached upon by logging and climate change. You might want to move it a little higher on your bucket list.
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Post by Hensley on Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:08 am

Bob when is Noe going and what is the charge?
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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:27 am

It is in March. For details you can either click on his banner ad at the top or go directly to his website at http://noestours.webs.com/

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Post by angela04101 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:45 am

Ferret, wonderful description, thanks! I plan on Noe's tour in March too.

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Post by CheenaGringo on Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:09 am


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Post by sparks on Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:53 am

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Post by CheenaGringo on Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:12 pm

From a contact in Patzcuaro, I am receiving reports that the Monarch Butterfly population may be severely reduced this year. There are various theories about the reduced migration which include the drought in the US, the reduced milkweed feeding areas and the illegal logging in Michaoacán. We are looking at making this excursion sometime between 2/21 and 2/24 but won't be making the effort unless it is worthwhile. Considering that the normal migration involves about 20M butterflies, even a 25% reduction is still a sizable number!

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Post by ferret on Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:03 pm

Do it Neil! They may be reduced even more the next year. It will still be spectacular. You can always make the trip again if you hear that there will be a greater than 25% increase for any particular year.
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