In-flight snack May 1st, 2021 - Source: Fly Monarca Expedition - 2835 km World Record Paragliding Journey / Adventure Travel

That moment you get the munchies in flight and remember that you had packed a pizza to eat on final glide.

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Fly Monarca (2021, 81:00, Canada)

In pursuit of a dream, and inspired by a butterfly, an ambitious paraglider pilot attempts to fly across the United States, from Mexico to Canada, relying solely on the sun, wind and his own willpower.

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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly Documentary
Check out this captivating nature documentary about the majestic Monarch Butterfly. There are many more out there, but this is a great place to start your journey of amazement. (NOTE: Low resolution, but High awesome-factor! See HQ version below if outside US)


NOVA/PBS: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

Higher Quality Version of same Documentary

(Not viewable in the US and possibly elsewhere. Tested in Mexico.)


NOVA/PBS: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

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The Threat of Extinction

The epic 3,000-mile monarch butterfly migration may become a thing of the past.   [right:image:23564]Each fall, monarchs travel from their summer homes in the northern U.S. and Canada to winter habitats in California and Mexico. This migration is considered one of the most admirable phenomena in the animal kingdom. But, the latest survey in 2020 indicates a population decrease of 53 percent since the previous season, for a total decline of more than 80 percent over the past 20 years.   The twin forces of human-caused climate change and habitat loss are now threatening North American monarch butterflies with extinction. Preserving their journey requires action in light of threats such as climate change, land conversion, and forest degradation.  [right:image:23565]Climate Change: Climate change threatens to disrupt the monarch butterfly's annual migration pattern by affecting weather conditions in both wintering grounds and summer breeding grounds. Increasing carbon dioxide levels may be making milkweed (the only food monarch caterpillars will eat) too toxic for the monarchs to tolerate. And higher temperatures may also be driving summer breeding areas further north. That means the Monarchs' migration routes will get longer and therefore more difficult.  Land Conversion: The creation of herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans means that farmers will eradicate weeds, including milkweed. These new crop varieties could cause the demise of the milkweed plant, a vital food source for the Monarch Butterfly. Plants like milkweed in the United States and Canada are essential for monarch reproduction; it's the only plant where monarchs lay their eggs and where baby larvae feed from.   In addition to the loss of milkweed across farms, drought and development on the land where milkweed once grew abundantly, has reduced the plant numbers significantly.   Forest Degredation: Generations of the Monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles until they reach Mexico, where they overwinter until it's time to begin their migration back home in March. The butterflies spend their time in concentrated areas of forest where they form colonies by clinging to the branches of trees, forming beautiful cascading clusters. These mountain forests in Mexico are their winter habitat, however nearby human communities also rely on them and create pressure on forests through agriculture and tourism activities.  [c]'We have the capability to save the monarch and other species.  The question is whether we have the will to do it.'-Chip Taylor (MonarchWatch)[/c]  [right:image:23947]What You Can Do To Help: As population numbers continue to drop, extinction of the Monarch Butterfly is becoming even more likely. Just like every other organism, plant, insect or animal on the planet, monarchs play a crucial role in the survival of our ecosystems. Butterflies help pollinate plants, making them a vital contributor to crop growth and food production. They also serve as a food source to birds and other animals.   We can all help by creating new monarch habitats by planting native milkweed species. This will help provide crucial fuel and rest stops for the traveling butterflies, as will taking more action to address climate change. Ditch the pesticides in your yard, and choose to purchase organic and non-GMO products as often as possible. And by being a conscious consumer, you can help prevent deforestation by avoiding the purchase of wood and paper products unless they're certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.   References: [url=https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/12/monarch-butterflies-risk-extinction-climate-change/]National Geographic[/url] [url=https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/monarch-butterfly]World Wildlife Federation[/url] [url=https://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/monarch-butterflies-is-in-danger-what-we-can-do-to-help/]One Green Planet[/url]

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Monarch Watch: Ambassadors of Science

Monarch Watch is a volunteer-based, citizen science organization, and an affiliate of the Kansas Biological Survey. Their main focus is on the annual North American migration of the Monarch butterfly. The organization creates and distributes tags to place on monarch butterflies in order to track their migration path from Canada and the United States to Mexico. The first monarch citizen science program was launched in the 1950s and, since then, thousands of volunteers have made fundamental contributions to our accumulating knowledge of monarch biology.  [right:image:23952][/]The Monarch Watch initiative's tagging program aims to associate the point of capture of each butterfly with the point of recovery. The data obtained is used to determine the migratory routes of the monarchs, the influence of the weather on their journey, and survival rates, among other factors.   The program involves more than 2,000 schools, nature centers, and other organizations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as an estimated more than 100,000 students and adults who participate in tagging activities each fall. Scientists know a lot about the migration of Monarch butterflies, because they have received information about more than 2,000,000 monarchs over the years.  By working together across North America, they continue to support the Monarch Butterfly populations by providing resources, data, scientific research and information about all things Monarch. If you ask them, they would tell you it is citizen scientists who are responsible for saving the Monarch butterfly, a species at risk in all three North American countries; Mexico, the United States, and Canada.   No effort is too small to have a positive impact. For more information on how to get involved, please visit the official Monarch Watch [url=http://monarchwatch.org]website[/url].  References: [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_Watch]Wikipedia[/url] [url=https://biosurvey.ku.edu/monarch-watch]University of Kansas Biological Survey[/url] [url=https://www.cloca.com/post/monarch-watch-are-you-ready]Central Lake Ontario Conservation[/url] [url=http://www.namonarchs.org/es/proyectos-piloto/monarch-watch-migration-tagging-project]Monarch Conservation Toolbox[/url] [url=https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/65/4/419/255008]Oxford Academic[/url] 

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The Endless Chain

To redefine his concept of manhood, a paraglider pilot pushes his mind and body to the absolute limit during the most daring series of Rocky Mountain flights in history.

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Strong The Wind Blows

After losing the love of his life, a Professional Paraglider pilot searches for meaning by embarking upon the most daring series of mountain flights in Canadian history.

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The Boy Who Flies

Adventuring into the heart of Africa, a paraglider instigates a young man's potentially deadly quest to release the weight of poverty, social taboos and self doubt, and take to the skies. In doing so, the traveler is confronted with unsettling truths about his own racial and cultural identity.

In a country where no one flies, two friends can inspire a nation by putting everything on the line.

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A Canadian Dream

Fly along as Benjamin Jordan sets a new World Distance Record (10,000 km) as he crosses Canada by Powered Paraglider. Along the way, you will land at summer camps and inspire thousands of children, while raising funds to send less fortunate ones to summer camp next year! The 71 minute, Documentary Feature contains 15 chapters chronicling the epic successes and failures of this unprecedented journey. Each chapter focuses on a unique aspect of Canadian geography, culture and the exact mix of team-work and blind optimism required to pull off such a daring stunt. Since it's release in 2010, A Canadian Dream (formerly "DREAM") has screened in theatres world-wide and, through it's proceeds, has allowed almost 100 children, from low-income homes, the opportunity to attend summer camp.

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The Endless Chain

From Montana to Prince George, BC, in the summer of 2018, Benjamin Jordan became the first person to Paraglide along the entire length of Southern Canada's Rocky Mountains, including the first flight above Jasper National Park's famous "Endless Chain" ridge.

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From Vancouver to Calgary, spanning all of Canada's south western mountain ranges, in August of 2016, Benjamin Jordan realized a life long dream and became the first person to Paraglide from Canadian Pacific to Prairie.

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