The Collective Migration

We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. – Saint Clare of Assisi

In a recent airline magazine article, a biologist shared his research on the migration of monarch butterflies and their winter resting place – a forest in the state of Michoacan in Mexico.

It detailed the remarkable sojourn that millions of monarchs make and how climate change challenges are disrupting their flight pattern and overall survival.  Assisted in his research by native guides through the heavily forested region, the author shared a profound experience he observed between a guide and a single butterfly.  Upon discovering a female drowning in a puddle, weak and freezing, the guide held the distressed insect in his hand to provide warmth. Next, he began tenderly feeding the winged beauty by squeezing nectar from a flower into her mouth.

The butterfly drank the contents of four flowers, regained her strength and flittered away.

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