Monarch's Fly South

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- They fly two thousand miles south, each fall to escape cold temperatures in the North but if you think I am talking about birds, guess again. Monarch butterflies make the trip and for one Midland man mark the coming if fall.

"I have been watching them for more than twenty years out here," said Boyd Reece, "It's quite a phenomenon isn't it?"

The butterflies are en route to Mexico, traveling at eighty to a hundred miles per day. Michael Nickell, a naturalist at the Sibley nature center, says they always seem to make a pit stop here.

"The peak of migration through here is the first couple weeks of October," he said, "The monarch butterfly is unique because of its lengthy migration than they have, it flies further than any other insect. "

Nickell says the mystery of the monarch migration opens the door for questions.

"We really don't understand, the mechanics of it. There are so many questions that still remain about the monarch migration," he said.

But for Reece it is a miracle explainable by the divine.

"I believe in God more every day when I see nature," said Reece.