A few hours later we arrived at El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary just outside of a tiny pueblo called Ocampo in Michoacan. It was a somewhat arduous hike up from 9,000ft to 12,000ft but worth every huff and puff of the way. Besides, our trek wasn’t nearly as long as the butterflies’. Every year, millions of Monarchs fly up to 2,500 miles from the U.S. and Canada to winter in Mexico, and we were able to see thousands of them. It was absolutely breathtaking. They looked like autumn leaves swirling in a light breeze and made a sound like purring gods—a murmur of flutters that tickle the eardrums (see Monarch Video under the Featured Video on our website)! If it wasn’t for all the loud people polluting the space, we could have stayed for hours, listening to the flap of paper-thin wings.
I realize that I’m painting in broad strokes, but you get my point: we are all interconnected on this planet and our seemingly insignificant, daily choices, like buying corn, can make a huge difference. By simply taking small steps such as choosing to shop local, using less plastic or even just raising awareness, we can have a positive impact that stretches across continents, cultures, and generations. There is hope for the bees, the butterflies, and maybe even us, yet, if only we try– Stevie