Monarchs march through the Miami Valley during migration to Mexico

MIAMI VALLEY — Monarch butterflies are on the ultimate cross country journey right now!

These butterflies are flying through the Miami Valley over the next week or so as they have wrapped up their summer breeding and will head to Mexico for the winter.

Monarchs travel an impressive 50-100 miles per day during their migration!

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, monarchs are declining in populations due to the destruction of prairies and grasslands where they like to inhibit. Ohio is home to native plants which can fuel the butterflies on their long journey to Mexico.

ODNR says the fall is a great time to find milkweed pods and plant them to help ensure monarchs will continue to have a habitat that supports their life-cycle.