Biking with Butterflies

Imagine if you could see the world through the eyes of a butterfly. What would you notice? In this beautifully woven piece, Sara Dykman explores the life cycle of the monarch through recounting her 10,201-mile bicycle journey from Mexico to Canada and back, intimately acquainting herself with newly hatched caterpillars and milkweed-nibbling monarchs. “Though people would gasp each time I told them what I was doing, it was the monarchs who deserved applause. I was merely a cyclist, with maps and grocery stores and a staggering amount of hospitality shown to me, giving scale to the magnitude of the monarchs’ greatness.” Read on to learn more about this nature enthusiast’s close encounters and the intricate beauty of the monarch’s migration.