Island Girl rocketed north yesterday, covering 535 km (332 miles), her longest distance yet for this migration.
She followed the Gulf coast for the majority of the day, passing over or by Tuxpan, Poza Rica and Tampico. However, as she neared Ciudad Victoria, she suddenly veered NW, leaving the coast behind and headed for the foothills of the Sierra once again.
She roosted in continuous forest on a high mesa at 4,085 feet about 106 miles inland.
Although there were several large cliffs nearby, she did not choose to use them. At least not at the time of the signal.
She is now only about 157 miles from the Texas border and I expect that she will be arriving in the US at about the same time that I am writing this blog.
Although unaware of it, she is now traveling over one of the most dangerous areas on the planet. This region of Mexico is at the very heart of the drug wars in Mexico. Just yesterday, another 49 people were discovered dead along a road near Monterrey, not far from her location.
It is now estimated that over 55,000 people have been killed in Mexico as a result of this conflict, more than all Americans killed in the Vietnam war and that less than 20% of these murders are solved.
Our hearts and sympathy go out to our many friends in Mexico during this trubulent, tragic and chaotic time in their most beautiful country.