Bend butterfly completes epic journey

The Bulletin highlights how a monarch released in Bend made it 500 miles south to overwintering grounds in Santa Cruz, California.
By Mike Gordon
The Bulletin



If you’re looking for an unlikely hero, consider Flamingo, a monarch butterfly who just flew from Bend to Santa Cruz, California. That’s about 500 miles if his course was straight and true — but have you ever seen a butterfly fly straight?

Flamingo is one of 14 monarch butterflies released for their autumn migration to warmer weather on Sept. 14 in Bend’s Hollinshead Park by the Deschutes Land Trust...