Video Fall of the Monarch
Fall of the Monarch. Battery Park, Manhattan
2005 was a resplendent year for the big, orange and black migrating butterflies as they bounced through NYC's hot air thermals in flocks of floppy wings, en route to their wintering grounds in the mountains of Mexico. Dozens at a time could be found anywhere within the city limits, from late August through early November, concentrating at flowers beds - on window sills, rooftop gardens, community gardens, parks -- wherever they could unfurl their long proboscis into the nutritious depths of a nectar-bearing flower.