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31- The Roving Monarch

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

To protect overwintering sites, the Mexican government in 1986 created the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, which today covers 560 square kilometres.

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31- The Roving Monarch

Episode summary

Each year, monarch butterflies from Canada migrate thousands of kilometres to the mountains of Mexico’s Michoacan state. Fascinated by these amazing insects, Jean Lauriault migrates along with them.


LauriaultHigh in the mountains of Mexico’s Michoacan state, millions of the most intriguing insects nature has produced make their home. Each fall, the monarch butterflies cover a distance of about 4,000 km from northern America to Mexico. For Jean Lauriault, the phenomenon of the monarch’s seasonal migration is a miracle of nature. For many years now, this biologist and educator from Quebec has been working to improve our understanding of the phenomenon with the aim of protecting this magnificent butterfly.


From September to June, tens of millions of monarchs take over the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve near the village of Angangeo. The species requires strict conditions to survive and reproduce. The forest cover of Michoacan offers this favourable environment, with its ideal climate, altitude and light. Sadly, in recent years the forest has been thinned, a consequence of the illegal logging that is gradually destroying the monarch’s habitat.

In the company of Jean Lauriault and Mexican biologist Eneida Montesinos, we journey to discover the mysterious world of a spectacular insect and the efforts to protect it.

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Par Audrey-Anne , 2015-04-09, 21h44

Dans le cadre d'un projet universitaire (baccalauréat en enseignement préscolaire-primaire), est-il possible d'obtenir ce vidéo ?

Projet en classe

Par Nancy Benoit, 2014-08-30, 21h44

Bonjour, est-ce encore possible de participer au projet Le monarque voyageur en classe. Avez-vous plus d'informations à ce sujet. Par exemple, peut-on faire l'achat d'une trousse d'élevage pour 3 classes de 1re année. Merci! Réponse d'Humanima : Vous pouvez vous adresser à l'organisme suivant http://espacepourlavie.ca/monarque-sans-frontiere

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