Mar 11

Mexico – Historic snowfall in the Santuarios:

Fells thousands of trees and threatens Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve sanctuary.

10 Mar 2016 – The eleventh winter storm and cold front has left part of the Oriente region dressed in white.

It is believed that a percentage of the monarch butterflies can die because of snow covered 5 to 10 percent of Lepidoptera.

“Also this Wednesday as strong gusts of wind, fell hundreds or thousands of trees in the core area and buffer zone. Thursday we woke up with snow and a fraction of the butterfly, entombed.

Environmental authorities have not been submitted and urges them to do so, it is necessary to remove fallen trees to avoid a tragedy like the February 2010 “; said Homero Gomez Gonzalez, curating of El Rosario.

Snow began to fall in the surrounding towns to shrines Butterfly El Rosario and Sierra Chincua, after one o’clock and ended up as the 6. In communities like El Asoleadero, El Rosario and Cerro Prieto, thickness reached 15 or 20 centimeters, affecting as 10 thousand.

In the sanctuary El Rosario, it was 25 to 35 centimeters.

This snow is historic, because it had not given in 3 decades. The last recorded snowfall was in January, 996, when the snow was only about 20 centimeters in the area of ​​the monarch butterfly,  said said Homero Gomez Gonzalez, curator of El Rosario.

At present there are no visitors in El Rosario because the road is very thick snow and skate and cars cannot climb . “Also we can not let people go up to see the monarch, since the area of ​​the Reserve (Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve) are thousands of trees felled by strong wind.

http://www.lavozdemichoacan.com.mx/historica-nevada-en-los-santuarios-sepulta-mariposas-y-tira-arboles/

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