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A Pictorial Guide to the Monarch Butterfly Migration over the Southernmost Blue Ridge Parkway

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Mickey Hunt has been exploring along the southern Blue Ridge Parkway with his family for 30+ years. He lives in east Asheville, North Carolina.

A Pictorial Guide to the Monarch Butterfly Migration over the Southernmost Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall 2017

Authored by Mickey Hunt
Edition: 1

Monarch butterflies are the champion marathon flyers of the world.
A monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on average weighs .5 grams. A monarch from Canada migrating to Mexico and then back to Texas in the spring, will have traveled 4,000 miles. Weight for weight, this amazing feat is equal to 265,842 complete through-hikes from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail by a 160 pound person. And the monarch doesn’t even need a backpack, rather it collects its food on the way.

The Balsam Mountains of the Blue Ridge Range south of Asheville, North Carolina are a part of the Appalachian Mountains. The Balsams contain major flyways of the monarch, in part because the butterflies are funneled by the topography to cross these mountains in the gaps. Monarchs are efficient flyers, and the gaps allow the butterflies to cross the mountains at lower elevations, thus saving them time and energy. Since the Blue Ridge Parkway follows the ridgeline of the Balsams, and since plenty of nectar sources bloom along the Parkway during the migration season, it’s a perfect combination to view the butterflies close up on their southward journeys.

Loaded with original color photographs, this guide is to help you observe these fascinating creatures and will provide up-to-date information on seasonal monarch learning opportunities in western North Carolina. Plus, it will introduce you to monarch conservation and how you personally can help restore their numbers to a viable, self-sustaining level.

-Monarch Life Cycle
-Close-up Photographs
-When and Where to Watch
-Blue Ridge Parkway Map
-North America Migration Route Map
-Other Migratory Creatures over the Parkway
-Status Update on the Monarch in a Bar Graph
-How to Help the Monarchs
-Where to Buy Milkweed Seeds and Plants
-Monarch Educational Events in the Area
-Monarch Informational Resources
-The Mountains to the Sea Trail
-A Note on Parkway Courtesy
Notes: How and Where to Record Your Monarch Count

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Publication Date:
0984511199 / 9780984511198
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Nature / Animals / Butterflies & Moths

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