Monarch Butterfly Initiative
Monarch Migration in the Land of Enchantment
Little is known about the annual migration of Monarch butterflies in New Mexico. Where they geographically breed and oviposit (lay eggs) in this state has not been investigated. Much is known about the Monarch migration along the eastern Great Plains as a result of researching tagged butterflies. Flyways exist from eastern North American to overwintering sites in Mexico. Studies also show that Texas is part of a flyway leading to Mexico. West Coast research documents migratory routes there with both Monarch breeding and overwintering sites located along the California coast.
Relatively less information about Monarch migration routes exist in areas of the Rockies and the desert Southwest. Natural Resource Institute would like to help fill the gaps in New Mexico by initiating research on Monarchs and reaching out to volunteer Monarch observers.
New Monarch Report:
Monarch Butterfly (DANAUS PLEXIPPUS) in New Mexico and a Framework for its Conservation (link to PDF, 1,083 kb)