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Pelicans, butterflies and turtles: Michoacán’s migrations


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The temperate climate and the abundance of food, make Michoacán the preferred destination of several emblematic animal species, that, year after year, arrive to our forests, lakes and beaches. The monarch butterfly and the American white pelican spend the winter in our beautiful state and up to five types of sea turtles lay their eggs in our shores.

Starting from the Western Sierras, from November to March the Sacred Fir forests become home to millions of monarch butterflies. Year after year this butterfly fulfills a unique migration phenomenon in the world of insects, flying from the US and Canada to a few hectares of land at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Visit Zitácuaro or the Magical Towns of Angangueo and Tlalpujahua in order to witness this natural wonder.

During these same dates, the island of Petatán welcomes the visit of thousands of pelicans from Canada. Petatán is located in Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake. These huge white birds can weigh up to 15 kg! If you are interested in getting to know these animals, come to the Festival del pelícano borregón (American White Pelican Festival) on February.

Also, during the summer, the olive ridley sea turtle, the leatherback sea turtle and the Galápagos green turtle begin to spawn along the 214 km of the Michoacán beach. Lázaro Cárdenas and the beaches of Playa Azul, Maruata and Colola are excellent spots to witness this natural miracle. The Turtle Festival, in October, is a perfect opportunity to learn everything you can about turtles in a most enjoyable environment.

We recommend

  • Respect wild animals. Under no circumstance should you disturb them to take pictures or try to grab them, much less to take them with you.
  • Do not use flash when taking photographs and do not make noise, it may upset them.
  • If you are carrying small children, pay close attention to them and do not allow them to get too close to the animals.

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