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Monarch Butterfly Migration Books

The books in this section address mainly Monarch Butterfly migration. There is one book that talks about the migration of other creatures in addition to the Monarch; zebras, crabs, elephants, jellyfish, ants, wildebeests and whales. Another is about Butterfly Watching.

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Milkweed, Monarchs and More: A Field Guide to the Invertebrate Community in the Milkweed Patch
Author Karen Oberhauser and Michael Quinn

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Editorial Reviews Review
Teachers that use Journey North or Monarchs in the Classroom will be glad to know of this wonderful new resource — Ina Warren. Brevard, NC, Mon, 31 March 2003, Dplex listserv This handy guide introduces the reader to the kinds of creatures that come and go from the lowly milkweed patch — Journey North, Monarch Butterfly Migration Update: April 11, 2003
Product Description
Milkweed, Monarchs and More is a field guide designed to help students, citizen scientists and other milkweed patch enthusiasts in their exploration of this fascinating community.
About the Author
Ba Rea is a naturalist, illustrator and author who has been raising monarch butterflies and frequenting milkweed patches in New England, Illinois and Pennsylvania for over thirty years. She tends her own milkweed patch in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her two children, 5 cats, dog and myriads of fascinating “bugs.” Karen Oberhauser is the director of Monarchs in the Classroom and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project at the University of Minnesota. These programs use monarchs to teach about biology, conservation, and the process of science. She and her students and colleagues have studied monarch biology since 1984. Karen lives in Roseville, Minnesota, with her husband and two daughters. Mike Quinn is an invertebrate biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife where, among other projects, he coordinates the Texas Monarch Watch. He is also a consultant for the 80 acre NABA Butterfly Park being built near Mission, Texas. Mike holds degrees in Wildlife and Entomology from Texas A&M. He grew up near New Orleans chasing snakes and birding with his parents and currently lives with his wife Gloria in New Braunfels, Texas.

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The Amazing Monarch: The Secret Wintering Grounds of an Endangered Butterfly

Author Windle Turley


The Amazing Monarch: The Secret Wintering Grounds of an Endangered Butterfly
Author Windle Turley

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Product Description
In “The Amazing Monarch,” author and photographer Windle Turley chronicles the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Replete with page after page of full-color photographs, the book shows the monarch’s rarely captured destination wintering grounds. The contrast of the orange and black pops off the page as the reader goes on a visual tour in the high mountains of Mexico. The multifaceted work also contains poems and quotations focusing on the beauty of these tiny animals that weigh only .02 of an ounce. With carefully researched text and consultation with leading entomologists, “The Amazing Monarch” tracks the monarch’s migration and interesting life spans. Amazingly, this migration only takes place every four to five generations, but somehow, by the last week of October, the returning generation arrives at the same small groups of oyamel fir trees their ancestors populated the year before.The handful of roosting sites, located at about 10,000-feet altitude, each may contain 20 to 30 million monarchs in a single site only a few acres in size. After their stay in Mexico, it is crucial to head north to get back to Texas and Louisiana and specific types of milkweeds to lay their eggs during a critical three-week period. If the monarchs reach their destination too early, frost on the milkweed could kill the eggs. A late arrival may mean the milkweed is no longer succulent. Returning from Mexico, the fourth or fifth generations will now have lived nine months, and before dying, will lay eggs during the last two weeks of March. A female will lay 400 to 500 eggs during her lifetime, and primarily on only one type of milkweed plant, but only a small percentage of eggs will actually survive to become adult butterflies. The offspring of the first generation travel on to Kansas and Tennessee during April where the female will again lay her eggs and die, after having lived only 45 to 60 days. The process continues to South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin in May and the Great Lakes and Canada region in June. But the fourth or fifth generation will not breed, lay eggs, or die; instead, they head south in the late summer. Granted almost unprecedented access by Mexican wildlife officials, Turley photographed the insects in their natural habitats at their sanctuaries in Los Saucos near Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico and at the Sierra Chincua Sanctuary near Mineral de Anganguo, State of Michoacan—areas unknown to outsiders until 1975.
About the Author
For the past 25 years, Windle Turley has traveled the world photographing wildlife, large and small. Orangutans in Borneo, gorillas in Africa, along with polar bears and butterflies, are only a few of the many subjects he has tracked. Exhibits of his works have been praised for their unique composition and character. When Turley is not taking pictures of wildlife he is a practicing trial attorney in Dallas, Texas.

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Migration: The Biology of Life on the Move
Author Hugh Dingle

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  “. . .an excellent introduction to current ideas and concepts concerning the promotion and maintenance of a wide range of movement patterns.”–IBIS “This is an interesting and thought provoking book in which the author successfully accomplishes his primary aim of generating a comparative survey of migratory behavior. . . Perhaps most important, the author also successfully integrates the dizzying array of definitions and key terms, both conceptual and operational, that comprise this field. Migration by Hugh Dingle is first-rate and should prove to be a valuable reference to students and researchers alike, regardless of taxonomic bias.”–American Zoologist “The book is well written and illustrated, provides a coherent approach to movement patterns, addresses the major topic areas, and suggests areas for future research.” –Quarterly Review of Biology
Product Description
Migration is one of the most fascinating and dramatic of all animal behaviors. Historically, however, the study of migration has been fragmented, with ornithologists, entomologists, and marine biologists paying little attention to work outside their own fields. This treatment of the subject shows how comparisons across taxa can in fact illuminate migratory life cycles and the relation of migration to other movements; it takes an integrated ecological perspective, focusing on migration as a biological phenomenon. Part One defines migration, gives examples, and places migration in the spectrum of movement behaviors, concluding with a chapter on methods for its study. Part Two focuses on proximate mechanisms, including physiology and morphology (and the constraints associated with them), the interactions between migration and wind and current patterns, and the various orientation and navigation mechanisms by which migrants find their way about. Part Three, on the evolution of migratory life histories, addresses the evolutionary and ecological basis for migration and the roles of migration not only in the lives of organisms, but also in the ecological communities in which they live. Part Four is devoted to a brief consideration of migration and its relation to pest management and conservation. As a major contribution to a vital subject, this work will be valued by all researchers and students in the field of animal behavior, ecology, and zoology.
About the Author
 Hugh Dingle is Professor in the Department of Entomology and Center for Population Biology, University of California, Davis. He is past President of the Animal Behavior Society and has a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Mihigan. After postdoctoral research at Cambridge and Michigan, Dingle went to the University of Iowa in 1964, moving to Davis in 1982. He has conducted research on migration in Kenya, Thailand, Australia, the Caribbean, and North America.

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Great Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move 
Author Elizabeth Carney

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From Booklist
An official companion book to the Great Migrations television series on the National Geographic channel, this colorful book offers excellent photos of eight migrating animals: Mali elephants, red crabs, monarch butterflies, golden jellyfish, zebras, army  ants, wildebeests, and sperm whales. On the double-page spreads carrying information, some sentences are printed in standard paragraph form, while others are singled out and printed in uppercase letters, and sometimes in a form more vertical than horizontal. Within those sentences, some words and phrases are further emphasized with the use of still larger type in different colors. Although these visual elements give the pages a dynamic look, they detract from the experience of actually reading the text and absorbing the content. Still, the writing style is often lively, the maps are excellent, and the photos are exceptionally clear and vibrant. Readers enthralled by the TV series may want to have a look. Grades 3-5. –Carolyn Phelan
Product Description
Great herds of zebra thundering across the African plain…fragile butterflies traveling unbelievable distances…family groups of whales coursing through the waves. Many kinds of animals make annual migrations, and their stories reveal incredible strength and will to survive. These treks are magnificently documented in Great Migrations, the children’s illustrated companion to the upcoming 7-hour National Geographic television special of the same name. Created for the huge audience of young animal lovers—and for the nation’s schools, where migration is taught as part of the core curriculum—this book spotlights wild creatures of highest interest to children. Action-filled photo spreads deliver immense “wow” appeal as animals vault over obstacles and escape the clutches of predators. Info-graphic spreads pack in the fascinating facts, with at-a-glance information on where, why, and how animals migrate. Throughout the coverage, this timely book addresses the effect of climate change on animal migration—a story that is just now reaching the public, from scientists and other experts who have witnessed alarming trends


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Learning From Monarchs
Author Ba Rae

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Product Description
There are as many ways to use monarchs in the classroom as there are teachers interested in giving it a try. Monarchs offer a compelling introduction to insect life cycles, the intricacies ecosystems and food webs, and the balance of nature. They can be the focus of a profound inquiry science project, complete with math and graphing skills, which can connect students with an international community of citizen scientists. They can also be an exciting journaling theme, a catalyst for understanding geography and human culture, a dynamic study in ethics and a wonderful subject for art and design. This text is intended as a starting point for teachers interested in using monarchs in their classrooms. It introduces concepts and information that will be useful as you design your own monarch lessons.
About the Author
All of her life, Ba Rea has been passionate about the natural world — enjoying, investigating, learning and sharing what she discovers. Ba has researched, drawn, photographed and written about many different plants, animals and natural phenomena. She has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, Maine Audubon, Audubon Society of New Hampshire, Monarchs in the Classroom, Lifestrands, Ridge2000, Wings of Wonder, ASSET, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Frick Environmental Center, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and the Anita Purves Nature Center in Urbana, Illinois. Her favorite creatures are monarch butterflies, but praying mantids, toads, American eels, puffins, and whales are all close contenders! Ba has been raising and releasing monarchs since 1970. She has been introducing school children and teachers to them for over 15 years and teaching a course for teachers interested in using monarchs in the classroom since 2000. Ba earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, in 1979, in an Individual Plan of Study, called Visual Literacy, which combined studies in illustration, educational psychology and natural history. In order to better understand how children learn and how teachers teach, Ba completed an elementary teaching certification program at Chatham College in 1996. She continued her studies at Chatham College, earning her Masters in Children’s and Adolescent Writing (MACAW), with an emphasis on natural history writing, in 2001.

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Threat to the Monarch Butterfly
Author Rebecca Murcia

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Product Description
The migration of the monarch butterflies from the United States to the mountains of Central Mexico is one of nature s most fascinating events. Every fall, millions and millions of monarch butterflies fly all the way to the mountain forests of Central Mexico, where they spend the winter clinging to the trees in large groups. In the spring, they make the long trip back to the United States and Canada, to begin the cycle again. Nature lovers, schoolchildren, and scientists are fascinated by the monarch life cycle. They tag the butterflies in gardens and schoolyards, and follow the tender insects flight as they travel to what is for many an unknown country. But the monarch butterflies amazing journey also puts them at risk. Their habitats the milkweed plant of North America and the oyamel forests of Central Mexico are under constant attack. If their habitats should vanish, so too will this delicate creature.
About the Author
Rebecca Thatcher Murcia graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and worked as a newspaper reporter for fifteen years. She lives with her two sons in Akron, Pennsylvania. Among her other books for Mitchell Lane Publishers are The Civil Rights Movement, E.B. White, and Carl Sandburg.

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How to Spot Butterflies
Author Patricia Sutton And Clay Sutton

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Product Description
In a recent article, the New York Times Magazine described butterfly watching as the fastest-growing segment of nature recreation. Little wonder – butterflies are beautiful, exotic, interesting, and observable by anyone, virtually anywhere, young or old, urban or rural. Consummate teachers, the Suttons use the same easy-to-understand style that has made both of their previous books in the How to Spot series bestsellers. Taking up where field guides leave off, they reveal which habitats are sure to hold large butterfly populations and which specific host plants attract butterflies. They address how to use binoculars and share the secrets of how to approach a butterfly without scaring it off. Environmentally sensitive and unobtrusive observation is emphasized, not outdated netting and collecting. Exceptional nectar sources, which are feeding grounds for vast numbers of butterflies, are described. Full-color photographs appear throughout. The Suttons’ proven butterfly-watching techniques
About the Author
Clay Sutton has years of experience as a professional naturalist and teacher. He lives in Cape May, New Jersey. Patricia Taylor Sutton has decades of experience as a professional naturalist and teacher. She lives in Cape May, New Jersey.

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Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage
Author Robert Pyle

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Review A long-standing bit of American nature folklore holds that monarch butterflies west of the Rocky Mountains migrate to wintering grounds in California, whereas those east of the Rockies migrate to wintering grounds in Mexico–and that the two classes of monarchs never meet and mix. Robert Pyle, a lepidopterist and nature writer, decided as a matter of curiosity to test the verity of this observation. His loosely conceived experiment took him over much of western North America, from a monarch breeding ground deep in the forests of British Columbia to the pine-clad mountainsides of central Mexico. His long journey forms the narrative frame for the aptly titled Chasing Monarchs, a book that mixes literate, and often funny, travelogue with the natural history of Danaus plexippus and its relatives. Pyle takes his readers along countless dirt roads, forest paths, cliffs, and milkweed-lined meadows to follow his quest, which he describes with plain elegance: “I’ll find a monarch. I will watch it. If it flies, I’ll follow it as far as I can. When I lose it, I’ll take its vanishing bearing–the direction in which it disappears. Then I will quarter the countryside, by foot and by road, until I find the next suitable habitat along that bearing, and do it again.” The landscape changes constantly in Pyle’s quest, keeping things interesting, and Pyle imparts his evident, abundant affection for butterflies to his readers, a contagiously joyful interest that they come to share as his story progresses. –Gregory McNamee –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly

Scientists know that monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles each year between northern parts of the U.S. and Mexico or California, but no one has actually seen how they do it. So ecologist Pyle (Where Bigfoot Walks) decided to try. His method: to find individual butterflies at their northernmost habitat, follow them as far as possible, then repeat the process with other individual butterflies along the southward route. Amazingly, this haphazard approach worked. Pyle began near the Canadian border, at the Columbia River, and followed monarchs to the Mexican borderAcovering 9462 miles in 57 days and proving that western monarchs do not all migrate to California, as commonly believed. Though Pyle’s account of his rambling trip suggests that much of it must have been more fun to live through than to read about, he enlivens uneventful sections with butterfly arcana, humorous reminiscences and rueful observations on the environmental impact of cattle ranching, pesticides, dams and jet skis. Pyle’s laid-back humor is appealing, his descriptive talents are often poetic (he remembers monarchs pouring into a Mexican valley “like a heavy orange vapor” in which individuals resembled “flecks of foam and water as they top a waterfall and plunge down into the foaming mass”). His memoir serves both as tribute to this majestic insect and as a thoughtful tour of the contemporary American West. Detailed sectional maps would have enhanced the book’s appeal; endpaper map not seen by PW. (Aug.) FYI: Pyle is currently editing a collection of Vladimir Nabokov’s butterfly writings.  
From Library Journal
Victorian-era butterfly hunters are often portrayed as genteel aristocrats, but today’s breed, like the author of this book, are gritty, adventurous, and far-wandering. Over two months and across 9000 miles, Pyle tracked and tagged monarch butterflies along their migratory route from northern British Columbia to Mexico. Because he is an ecologist, Pyle gives a solid general account of the state of scientific knowledge of the monarchs and their remarkable travels. Because he is also an award-winning natural history writer, he vividly conveys the lure of the butterflies, the quirky passions of those who study them, and the beauty and diversity of Western landscapes. Not only is this an entertaining work for general readers, but professional entomologists could also mine its observations for clues into the biology and behaviors of monarchs. For all libraries. -AGregg Sapp, Univ. of Miami Lib., Coral Gables, FL Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Kirkus Reviews Pyle (Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Great Divide, 1995, etc.) takes a long, slow ramble with the wanderers, a.k.a. monarch butterflies, ostensibly looking for clues to their far-flung migratory behaviorbut really just having a good time mooching around outdoors. That the monarch engages in the longest, most spectacular mass movement of insects is well known. It journeys from its continent-wide summertime diaspora to its astonishing winter be-ins high in the cool forests of Mexico and the coastal California fog belt. But, Pyle hastily points out, the theory needs some fine-tuning concerning which butterfly populations go to which wintering venue, and he thinks he ought to go look into the question. Thus starts his two-month sabbatical with the monarchs, chronicled here with an enviably laid-back demeanor and an unflagging thrill in simply being outside, walking attentively through the landscape. Monarchs may be his quarry, but seeing that there are precious few of them at the journey’s start, up in British Columbia, Pyle is just as happy with the Mormon metalmarks and Arizona sisters and hackberry emperors, with yellowbelly ponderosa, partridges flushed from fields of peppermint, “a brilliant picture-wing fly with a gemmed thorax.” As he does his easy shuffle to Mexico, he stops to have a good look around and sip a beer, serving as a natural and political historian; he keeps an eye peeled for monarchs on the move while delivering crisp, thoughtful lectures on protective coloration (for monarchs that means not camouflage, but a horn-blast of chromatic orange, reminding predators of their bitterness), orienteering with sun compasses and magnetic fields, or American Indian petroglyphs that have been copyrighted as trademarks by upscale white resorts “in a stilling act of cultural appropriation.” As for the monarchs, there do appear to be some transmontane migrants, a fact that runs counter to established thinking, although that will require further research. And say, isn’t that a microbrewery over there? Natural history never went down easier. (Author tour)
“Pyle follows the monarchs’ path… describing the land, the people he meets, and the plants, birds, and animals as precisely as he explicates the wonders of the monarchs’ navigational abilities and endurance, their beauty, and their mystery.” Booklist, ALA “[Chasing Monarchs] serves both as tribute to this majestic insect and as a thoughtful tour of the contemporary American West.” Publishers Weekly “Chasing Monarchs, like all of Bob Pyle’s books, is infused with grace, understanding, and an incredibly expansive knowledge of the world surrounding us.” — David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars “With a keen eye, kaleidoscopic knowledge, and Nabokovian eloquence, Pyle beguiles us to join him on a 9,500-mile journey following migrating monarch butterflies through the mountains and along the rivers from British Columbia to the Mexican border. Chasing Monarchs is a marvelously rich tapestry of natural and human history.” — Lincoln P. Brower “Robert Pyle is one of America’s exceptional naturalists and one of its finest natural history writers. In this stylishly written book he tracks the monarchs’ spectacular migration from Canada to Mexico, describing not only the creatures that have captured his imagination but also his adventures along the way. Chasing Monarchs is Robert Pyle’s best book yet.” — Sue Hubbell, author of Waiting for Aphrodite and A Country Year “Not only is this an entertaining work for general readers, but professional entomologists could also mine its observations for clues into the biology and behaviors of monarchs. ” Library Journal “[Pyle] set out three years ago…following the migrating monarchs from Canada to Mexico in his old car and with his old butterfly net. His chronicle of that journey is a pleasure: informative, funny, wonderfully absorbing in its curiosity and erudition about the natural world, and even eloquent.” The San Francisco Chronicle “[Pyle's] delightful anecdotes, thought provoking philosophical questions and personal passion makes this chronicle a potential classic.” Monarch News “If you enjoy the intellectual stimulus of traveling the footsteps of scientists, you’ll like Robert Michael Pyle’s Chasing Monarchs… Enthused by his enthusiasm, we come away with a heightened appreciation of the lives of birds and insect.” America West –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Product Description The monarch butterfly is our best-known and best-loved insect, and its annual migration over thousands of miles is an extraordinary natural phenomenon. Robert Michael Pyle, “one of America’s finest natural history writers” (Sue Hubbell), set out late one summer to follow the monarchs south from their northernmost breeding ground in British Columbia. CHASING MONARCHS tells the engrossing story of his adventurous journey with these graceful wanderers — down the Columbia, Snake, Bear, and Colorado rivers, across the Bonneville Salt Flats, and through the Chiricahua Mountains to Mexico, returning north along the California coast. Part travelogue, part scientific study, CHASING MONARCHS is one of the most fascinating books ever written about butterflies. “[Pyle's] delightful anecdotes, thought-provoking philosophical questions and personal passion make this chronicle a potential classic” (Monarch News). About the Author
ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE is the author of fourteen books, including Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks, and Wintergreen, which won the John Burroughs Medal. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, he is a full-time writer living in southwestern Washington.

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