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Mexico Opens Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Agencia EFE
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December 3, 2016

It's Butterfly Season in Mexico (Reuters/PigMine)

Monarch butterfly hibernation sanctuaries, located in the states of Mexico and Michoacan, opened their doors for tourism until March 31, 2017, the Mexican Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) announced.

The monarch butterfly, characterized by its large distinctive orange, black and white patterned wings, migrates every fall up to 4,200 kilometers from Canada and the northern United States to spend the winter hibernating in Mexico.

Last month, the National Monarch Butterfly Monitoring Network observed the arrival of many thousands of the butterflies flying in the skies of the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro and Guanajuato.

CONANP called on citizens to participate in the campaign "Lets Protect the Monarchs" to join their efforts to help trace the butterflies' migratory routes while in Mexico and conserve their hibernation habitats.

In August, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reported the positive development that there is a 40 percent decline in illegal logging in the Monarch butterfly main overwintering habitats in Mexico.

See the original at Fox News Latino

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Related: Researchers Worried About Monarch Butterflies (CTV News)

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