First monar­chs ar­rive at Mex­ico win­ter­ing area in Mex­ico

Medicine Hat News - - LIFESTYLES -

MEX­ICO CITY The first monarch but­ter­flies have ar­rived at their win­ter­ing grounds in the moun­tains of cen­tral Mex­ico al­most a week later than usual, Mex­ico’s En­vi­ron­ment Depart­ment said Wed­nes­day.

Mil­lions of monar­chs make the 3,400-mile mi­gra­tion from the United States and Canada each year.

The but­ter­flies usu­ally ar­rive by Mex­ico’s Nov. 1 Day of the Dead hol­i­day, and lo­cal res­i­dents long as­so­ci­ated their re­turn with the souls of the dead re­turn­ing to their homes.

But this year, the En­vi­ron­ment Depart­ment said the first but­ter­flies weren’t seen in the moun­tain re­serve west of Mex­ico City un­til Nov. 6. It said the but­ter­flies were de­layed be­cause they waited out rainy weather around the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der.

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