In 1975, while working for monarch specialist Dr. Fred Urquhart and his wife, Nora, a Mexican scientist named Ken Brugger and his wife, Catalina, discovered over one million monarchs basking in the sun in the oyamel trees of Mexico. For over two years they had searched for this secret, overwintering site and on one momentous day, their discovery made history!
The next year, in August of 1976, the couple traveled with Dr. Urquhart and the photographer from National Geographic Magazine into the mountainous area.
“Unbelievable! What glorious incredible sight!” was written by Fr. Fred A Urquhart, Ph.D. in August 1976. It happened THERE – five minutes upon entering the secluded sanctuary, a branch laden with hundreds of monarchs broke and fell to the ground.