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Monarch Butterfly Migration: History and Current Status ~ Interview with Tom Emmel

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Published on Apr 9, 2014

Horses neigh, bugs crawl across the lens, and Monarchs flutter in the background— interview on the mountaintop and it was all beautiful!!!

Interview with Tom Emmel, filmed at the top of the Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Angangueo, Mexico. Tom Emmel is the Director of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Museum of Natural History of the University of Florida, Gainesville.

This was Tom's 40th trip to Angangueo to study the Monarchs. In this interview, he provides some historical perspective from those very first trips to the remote Oyamel fir forests atop the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Mountains. We learn how scientists count millions of Monarchs. Tom discusses the state of the Monarch migration today and why it is in crisis.

Additional footage shot at El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve.

La Llorona performed by Musette Duo; Madalyn Blanchett on flute and Terry Muska on classic guitar.

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