1000 Wonders of the World!
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
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Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Rank: 1001 UNESCO
Wonder Type: Natural
Country: Mexico
Best of: Reserve
The 56,259 ha biosphere lies within rugged forested mountains about 100 km northwest of Mexico City. Every autumn, millions, perhaps a billion, butterflies from wide areas of North America return to the site and cluster on small areas of the forest reserve, colouring its trees orange and literally bending their branches under their collective weight. In the spring, these butterflies begin an 8 month migration that takes them all the way to Eastern Canada and back, during which time four successive generations are born and die. How they find their way back to their overwintering site remains a mystery.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.