Chasing Monarchs: Migrating With The Butterflies Of Passage

Paperback | April 29, 2014

byRobert Michael PyleForeword byLincoln P. Brower

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Although no one had ever followed North American monarch butterflies on their annual southward journey to Mexico and California, in the 1990s there were well-accepted assumptions about the nature and form of the migration. But to Robert Michael Pyle, a naturalist with long experience in monarch conservation, the received wisdom about the butterflies’ long journey just didn’t make sense. In the autumn of 1996 he set out to uncover the facts, to pursue the tide of “cinnamon sailors” on their long, mysterious flight.
 
Chasing Monarchs chronicles Pyle’s 9,000-mile journey to discover firsthand the secrets of the monarchs’ annual migration. Part road trip, part outdoor adventure, and part natural history study, Pyle’s book overturns old theories and provides insights both large and small regarding monarch butterflies, their biology, and their spectacular migratory travels. Since the book’s first publication, its controversial conclusions have been fully confirmed, and monarchs are better understood than ever before. The Afterword for this volume includes not only updated information on the myriad threats to monarch butterflies, but also various efforts under way to ensure the future of the world’s most amazing butterfly migration.

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Although no one had ever followed North American monarch butterflies on their annual southward journey to Mexico and California, in the 1990s there were well-accepted assumptions about the nature and form of the migration. But to Robert Michael Pyle, a naturalist with long experience in monarch conservation, the received wisdom about t...

Robert Michael Pyle is an award-winning author of eighteen books, including Wintergreen, for which he received the John Burroughs Medal. He is founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and has worked in every state and many countries as a butterfly ecologist, writer, speaker, and teacher. He lives along a tributary of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030020387X

ISBN - 13:9780300203875

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“Pyle provides a deeply informed commentary that is an introduction to the natural history and lore of the monarch butterfly—the archetypal migratory species that has captured our imaginations—and extends to a larger story of why what happens to the monarch butterfly matters to us humans.”—Francie Chew, Tufts University