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Decoding the Great Monarch Butterfly Migration

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Joe Hanson of It’s Okay to Be Smart takes us to La Reserva de Biosfera de la Mariposa Monarca in Michoacán, Mexico to witness this world wonder: The monarch butterfly migration.

This orange-winged wonder travels up to 4,500 km from all over North America to spend the winter hanging from oyamel fir trees in central Mexico’s mountain forests. I got to go there. Seeing tens of millions of butterflies dangling from the treetops is a truly breathtaking sight. But how does an animal with a brain the size of a poppy seed navigate to this one special place, especially since the last monarchs to make the trip lived 4 or 5 generations earlier? Get ready for an amazing story of science, instinct, and navigation.

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Then spend a few nature-filled minutes with Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Migration in VR180:

Follow this with How to Create Your Own Monarch Butterfly Rest Stop and Monarch Butterfly Metamorphosis in HD.

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