The landscape of the Georgia O’Keeffe Country and the Bandelier National Monument is amazing, especially in the fall when Cottonwoods turn into golden fall color.
In Texas, leaves don’t turn into orange or red like in northern states during the fall. But, Monarchs enter the Texas portion of this flyway at the end of September. By the third week of October, most have passed through into Mexico.
According to the research report ifrom Texas A&M (March 2020), Monarchs were about 141.5 million, compared to 300 million a year ago.
Milkweed is essential food supply for monarch caterpillars. Monarchs overwinter and mate as they head north out of Mexico and into Texas, and then have three more generations as they travel to Canada.