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Mission: Migrating Monarch Butterflies

Mission: Migrating Monarch Butterflies Photo

Photo by tlmartin

Posted on September 23, 2008 in Trip Ideas

As USA TODAY points out, on this second day of fall, what better trip to plan than a pilgrimage to watch the sky fill with migrating butterflies? Not just a flight of fancy, autumn butterfly trips have delighted many IgoUgo members (minus one report of nightmares). Here are some of their ideas for fluttering to butterflies.

Watch monarchs migrate south in Monterey
npgarg says: “During these late-summer and early-fall months you can literally see thousands of monarch butterflies clinging to trees here, resting from their long journey. It is amazing to see a large mass of butterflies covering the trees to the point that you can't really make out leaves anymore.”

Participate in tagging monarchs with Monarch Watch
jrheimbach says: “I have always loved working with animals and bugs, so this activity was perfect for me. My wife does not possess the same interest, so she offered to watch while we handled the bugs.”

See reserves on horseback in Mexico
Norman says: “Since there were so many butterflies, you can hear the wings making a sound like a quiet rain. Some would fly among us, sometimes landing on us. This once-in-a-lifetime experience was better than anticipated, quite worth the effort of the journey. In two days I gained a lifetime of memories.” Vicho adds, “The migratory species of the monarch butterfly is endangered because of climatic changes. In 2002, rains and consequent low temperatures killed over 70% of the population. Just time can tell if this beautiful insect will survive, so don’t waste your time and set off on your trip.”

Visit the world’s largest butterfly park in Florida
ctrask says: “Butterfly World is a must-see when you are in the Pompano Beach/Ft. Lauderdale area. We took our children there expecting to kill an hour or so—we stayed several! My husband had as much fun as the children and took hundreds of photos!”

Explore a conservancy in Niagara Falls
jkpike says: “Niagara Falls is full of walking and active attractions, different ways to view the falls, and some wild adventures. But this one was different. The butterfly conservatory was calm, serene, and majestic.”

Shop a commercial butterfly farm in Costa Rica
barbara says: “We went into an area where many butterflies were flying around their natural vegetation, and this was the best part of our visit. There were not hundreds of butterflies everywhere, but we did see some very beautiful butterflies resting on the large green leaves in the natural greenhouse.”

Visit beachy butterflies on a farm in St. Martin
LegalSeduction says: “This was an amazing morning. The guide was very knowledgeable about all of the butterflies and she didn't spare any detail. I didn't feel at all rushed and even though the farm looks like nothing more than an aviary for butterflies, it was a great escape.”

Discover the great indoors of an insectarium in Philadelphia
Saphira says: “One afternoon at work, I overheard a coworker complaining that her daughter was waking up with nightmares every night. She explained that this started after her daughter participated in a class trip to the Philadelphia Insectarium. Instantly, I decided it was a destination I had to put on ‘the list.’”

See butterflies, beetles, and bugs at the insectarium in Montreal
thestickman23 says: “The Insectarium de Montréal is a must-see for anyone who is bringing along children. Scratch that. The Insectarium is a must-see for everyone, except maybe the squeamish. The Insectarium has over 100,000 insects on display, and 20,000 of them are alive.”

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