Monarchs Migrate [] Rotary Club Presentation

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  • Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende
    – Rotario Midday, A.C. –

    Monarchs Migrate
    Elizabeth Adlung Presentor

    DATE: Tuesday October 20, 2020

    TIME: 9:30 AM CST

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    In the fall, the entire North American monarch butterfly population that lives east of the Rockies starts a 3,000-mile journey to a small area of high-altitude tropical forest in Mexico’s trans volcanic range. Millions of them return to the same trees in the same forest every year, even though three to four generations have passed since the last season. Every visit to see the butterflies is different. If it’s chilly or rainy the butterflies cluster in the trees. At first the backs of their wings look like dead leaves and you may not realize you’re looking at thousands of butterflies. When the sun hits them, they take to the air all at once in impressive explosions. What sounds like the wind is actually the flapping of thousands of butterfly wings.

    It is unclear what the situation will be in their sanctuaries. Some authorities are threatening to close their preserves to visitors this season. While this decision may be epidemiologically sound, it could herald an economic and ecological disaster for the impoverished communities that share this fragile forest habitat with overwintering monarch butterflies. Find out what ecotourism operators are doing during this strange season to make sure the butterfly forest stays protected. This talk explores virtual butterfly tourism as well as in-person, off-season options, such as birding and horseback riding.

    This weeks guest speakers at the Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende are Ellen Sharp and Joel Moreno,  the co-owners of JM Butterfly B&B in Macheros, Mexico, and the cofounders of Butterflies & Their People, AC, a forest conservation non-profit that employs locals to protect the Cerro Pelon Sanctuary. Macheros-native Joel hails from a family of forest rangers. US-born Ellen met Joel on Cerro Pelon in 2011. She finished a PhD in cultural anthropology at UCLA before moving to Macheros in 2013 to join Joel in the struggle to create environmental justice for the monarchs’ Mexican neighbors.

    Join us this Tuesday, October 20th at 9:30AM.and learn more about this fascinating and mysterious phenomenon that happens every year.    Rotary is where neighbors, friends and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Skip Essick at

    Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende
    – Rotario Midday, A.C. –

    Who We Are…

    We are a multi-cultural English-speaking Rotary Club located in beautiful and historic San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been named by Conde Nast Traveler as the best city in the world! 
    Our Vision To be a diverse group of active and enthusiastic members who are recognized as providers of valuable services for local and international communities.

    Our Mission To provide assistance to others in order to improve the quality of life and to advance community understanding, goodwill, and peace.

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