many years the DNR received reports of strange twisting clouds high
above Lake Michigan called in by folks on color tours around the
Leelanau peninsula. The reports were generally dismissed as
having no validity. Then the age of digital cameras and
hand-held video arrived. It was discovered that the unusual
clouds were real and that they were actually enormous flocks of
Every autumn during the last two weeks of August and the first
two weeks of September the Monarchs gather at Stonington Point just
east of Escanaba and Gladstone. Here the wait until the winds
are right for the migration flight south across Lake Michigan, Green Bay and
on to their winter grounds in Mexico.
Usually short-lived, this generation, known as the Methuselah
generation, will live long enough to make the entire Monarch
Mexico. After that, they return to their normal life cycle.
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