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Journey South News will be posted on Tuesdays: Sep. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 17, 1998

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Fall, 1998

Journey South News

  • About the Symbolic Monarch Migration

    FINAL Monarch Update: November 15, 1998
    Monarchs arrived at the sancturies in Mexico by the millions last week, bringing their long migration to an end. After flying southward toward this small region of Mexico for as many as 2 months, aiming at a target only 70 miles wide, how do monarchs know when to stop?
  • Monarch Migration Update: November 3, 1998
    Elizabeth Donnelly sends the latest news from the monarch butterfly sanctuaries about the arrival of the monarchs. Also, read about her own experience with Mexico's Noche de los Muertos (Night of the Dead)
  • Monarch Migration Update: October 27, 1998
    The first monarchs have reached the sanctuaries in Mexico! In the words of teacher Senor Gilberto Salazar: "El niño Efren asegura haber visto el dia domingo 18 de octubre unas mariposas monarcas en el pozo de la comunidad tomando agua." Where was the 1st monarch seen and what was it doing?
  • Monarch Migration Update: October 20, 1998
    Monarchs are now traveling through northern Mexico. According to the latest data, how many more miles must they travel to their winter sanctuaries? Students in the region are watching and waiting to report the first arrivals to you! There are clear migration pathways across Texas and Mexico. Why do you suppose monarchs travel them at different times?
  • Monarch Migration Update: October 13, 1998
    The first monarchs have crossed the border into Mexico! Meanwhile, they continue to spread across the state of Texas after last week's cold front. Why are so many sightings reported from the same longitude in Texas? What might this tell you about migration through that region?
  • Monarch Migration Update: October 6, 1998
    Monarchs are expected to pour into Texas this week, when Moday's cold front arrives. The butterflies are late this fall. Why haven't many monarchs been seen in Texas since last spring?
  • Monarch Migration Update: September 29, 1998
    At last, a clear wave of migratory monarchs moved through southerneastern U.S. states last week, and the migration pushed on through the Central Plains states. Is this fall's population lower than usual? Analyze migration data collected over 7 years and tell us what you conclude.
  • Monarch Migration Update: September 22, 1998
    The first monarchs are now beginning to arrive in Texas, and the migration continues to pour out of northern areas. During migration, do monarchs rest at the same roost sites every fall?
  • Monarch Migration Update: September 15, 1998
    The migration seemed to stall last week in the U.S. Plains states. Inspect the weather maps in today's report and see if you can tell why. Meanwhile, the first significant movements occurred on the East Coast. How does geography affect the migration there?
  • Monarch Migration Update: September 8, 1998
    The migration began in late August, and reports of migrating butterflies are now in from Iowa and Nebraska. Students in the over-wintering region in Mexico are already watching for the monarchs. When do you predict the first big wave will arrive?
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