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Friday, August 31, 2018

Monarch starting their big migration

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As the days are getting cooler and shorter, more and more monarch butterflies are starting their big migration to Mexico, where they will spend the winter before heading northward in the spring.

Those that migrate south from the Adirondacks are known as the super generation because other generations of monarchs only live for four to six weeks. The super generation can last the winter in Mexico and make it to about Texas on their way northward. From there, the shorter lived generations take over for the journey back to the Adirondacks. It takes about two or three generations to get here.

Above are some photos of the super generation from the Paul Smith’s College VIC that will soon be leaving for the big journey south in the coming days. The monarchs will be tagged and released this weekend before the butterfly house closes on September 3.

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Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch is a staff writer and photographer for the nonprofit Adirondack Explorer, where he has been employed since 2014. Mike previously worked for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, where he won numerous awards. He took home first place three times in the "beat reporting" category for coverage of the outdoors in New York State Associated Press Association and New York News Publisher Association contests. Mike’s favorite outdoor activities include paddling, hiking, fishing and backcountry skiing. In 2011, he paddled the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail from Old Forge to Fort Kent, Maine, and made a 40-minute documentary about the trip.

Mike can be reached at mike@adirondackexplorer.org.

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