Monarch butterflies

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Every year between October and March, the Mexican states of Michoacán and Estado de México are the destination for the Monarch butterfly migration.  The butterflies escape the cold of the northern United States and Canada and settle high up in Mexican forests. Last Saturday, I ventured to the Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary outside of Valle de Bravo, Estado de México with some fellow Fulbrighters. Because of a time crunch to catch a bus back to Mexico City in the afternoon, we rented horses instead of hiking up the mountain. After about 40 minutes on horseback, we reached the point that began the butterfly habitat and walked the rest of the way up. I’ll let my photos describe what we saw at the top:

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