What is the monarch
doing in December?

The clusters. The monarchs are now settled into colonies and, as the days shorten and the temperatures decrease, they begin to form clusters in order to preserve the heat and stay alive during the winter harshness.

At lower elevations it is still possible to see some butterflies activity during this month. In the Reserve, where colonies are formed in the forests, at higher altitudes, once the butterflies begin to feel the rigors of the winter weather, they gather into huge clusters of up to a thousand specimens, their survival strategy for the winter. Butterflies cover trunks and branches, and clusters hang from the sacred firs. The forest is their sole protection from storms, snowfalls, frosts and strong winds. Therefore, it is vital to keep their ecosystem intact.

Where can I see the monarch butterfly?

In the sanctuaries of Michoacán, where you can find more butterflies than anywhere else.

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Other observation areas

The other sanctuaries located in the state of Michoacán: Cerro Altamirano, Chivati-Huacal and Cerro Pelón, are not open to the public.

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