Monarch Migration Plunges to Lowest Level in Decades reports The New York Times. U.S. Considers Endangered Species Status for Monarch Butterfly-- Scientific American. Impassioned by these grim headlines, a cross-cultural group of film students from American University and Tecnológico de Monterrey traveled to the remote mountains of Mexico to tell the epic story of the monarch butterfly and the species’ annual 3,000 mile journey from Canada, and the United States all the way to the pine and oyamel fir tree forests of the Mexican state of Michoacán.
In a series of compelling documentary shorts, the international film team brings attention to the threats facing these iconic orange and black butterflies, exploring the ecological, cultural and economic importance of the species, and celebrates the power of ordinary people, showing the commitment of school children and everyday citizens, both within the United States and Mexico, in coming together to preserve the monarch butterfly for future generations.