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Symbolic Migration Update: November 5, 2002

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3, 2, 1 . . . Lift Off!
 Monday afternoon, at exactly 2:00 p.m. CST, your paper butterflies began the final leg of their Symbolic Migration to Mexico!

While you were studying in your classrooms, we were busy getting ready for the big send-off. Once again this year, Ruthan Gagner prepared each box with special UPS shipment labels, Beth Allen assisted, and our friendly UPS driver, Tod Stenstrom arrived at the staging grounds at Journey North headquarters in Wayzata, Minnesota and eagerly loaded your precious cargo onto his truck.

Before leaving, he gave us the special Tracking number, so you can follow the migration LIVE all the way to Mexico. But first--what's your prediction for when they'll arrive? See if you can answer today's Challenge Question below. But don't wait too long, they could catch a tail wind!

Challenge Question #1:
"Exactly how many days, hours and minutes do you think it will take the butterflies to reach Angangueo, Mexico?"

The butterflies are traveling via UPS' "Expedited" service. Here is the anticipated path they will take:

  • The Butterflies departed from the Journey North Office in Wayzata, Minnesota at 2:00 p.m. CST on Nov 4.

  • From Wayzata, the butterflies went to a local UPS station at nearby Maple Grove, and then will be FLOWN to Louisville, KY

  • From Louisville, they will FLY to Houston, TX

  • From Houston they will FLY to Mexico

  • Upon arrival in Mexico City, they will go through Customs.

  • Finally they will be TRUCKED to Angangueo in Mexico.

As you figure your answer, this information about the workday in Mexico might be helpful: People generally come to work at 9 a.m., they take a midday comida from 12 until 2, and return to work until about 7 p.m.

* UPS Online Package Tracking System

* The Butterflies' Tracking number is: 4584 9297 135

(To RESPOND to this Challenge Question, please follow the instructions at the end of this report.)

Rocio's Ready and Waiting!

Senora Rosio Trevino

Journey North contacted Rocio Trevino, Founder of Correo Real in Coahuila, Mexico, to see if she and the students and teachers there are ready to receive some of your Butterflies. Here's what she said:

"The address is correct and the teachers are already coming to my house to ask about the symbolic migration."

"La dirección es correcta y los maestros ya están viniendo a mi casa a preguntar por la migración simbólica."

With the help of school children, Senora Rocio Trevino tracks the monarch migration across northern Mexico through the program she founded called "Correo Real." Years ago, people thought the streams of monarchs passing over her town of Saltillo, Coahuila, were invading insects. Children had contests to see who could kill the most! Senora Trevino now educates people about the significance of the monarch migration. Networked computers are rare in these schools, so she collects sightings the hard way--primarily through mail. This is why she named the program "Correo Real," which is Spanish for "Royal Mail." Can you find Saltillo, Coahuila on a map?

Journey North Asks YOU

Watch us ask YOU the big question!

While we were busy packing up your Butterflies, we wondered just how many you had sent us--we were buried in them! So, Jane, Elizabeth, Julie, Mary and Beth all went on camera to ask YOU the big question! Watch us on the video, read the hints below, and then see if can answer:

Hints: Here's what we do know about the estimated total number of Symbolic Butterflies:

  • On Day One, 4 people spent 4 hours each processing envelopes.
  • On average, each of the envelopes had approximately 22 butterflies inside.
  • After Day One, it took us approximately 87 more total hours to finish processing the rest of the envelopes.
  • After Day One, we estimate we processed an additional 2,215 envelopes.

Note: This mini-video is designed to run on Windows Media Player. If your browser isn't showing you this video you may need to install Windows Media Player:

(To RESPOND to this Challenge Question, please follow the instructions at the end of this report.)

"All a Boaarrrd?!" Symbolic Migration Passenger List
Are all of your Symbolic Butterflies on board for Mexico?

IMPORTANT: Please carefully check for your school's name on this list:

If you sent butterflies to Journey North and you do not find your name on the list, please don't be alarmed. Just follow these steps:

  1. LOOK AGAIN! Please check the list very, very carefully. When teachers write us in despair, we find that over 75% simply didn't read carefully enough.

  2. Please do not write to us about spelling errors. With a plane to catch--and over 2,000 schools on board--we had to type quickly! We apologize in advance if your school's name is misspelled.

  3. If you're certain your name is not listed, send an E-mail to Journey North and let us know: our feedback form

(Please include your full name and address, and the number of butterflies you sent.)

Buen Viaje Mariposas!

Symbolic Migration Art Gallery Now Open
Take a tour of the Gallery and see all of the monarch masterpieces.







Gallery One
Stories to Tell

Gallery Two
Friendship and Goodwill

Gallery Three
Small is Beautiful - and Ecological

Gallery Four
Crazy for Collage

Gallery Five
Mixed Media

Monarchs Fly Free!
fall2002_0033Thanks to UPS, boxes full of your butterflies are now traveling to Mexico by UPS's special international cargo service. We hope you'll take the time to thank UPS (United Parcel Service) for this generous support. They love hearing from you!

Please send your thanks to:
Mr. Ed Gill
UPS Minnesota COO
3312 Broadway St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Mark your Calendars! Here's What's in Store for Your Symbolic Butterflies
Watch for these updates over the next few weeks and get your terminals warmed up because here's what we're planning:

  • We'll reveal the total days, hours and minutes it took to reach Mexico

  • We'll reveal the total number of Symbolic Butterflies.

  • We'll list donors to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation displayed proudly. Did we reach 100% participation this year?

  • While your Butterflies are in the care of the Mexican people, read about life in the sanctuary region.

How to Respond to Today's Challenge Question

IMPORTANT: Answer only ONE question in each e-mail message.

1. Address an e-mail message to:
2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question #1 (OR #2)
3. In the body of the message, answer the question above.

The FINAL Symbolic Migration Update Will Be Posted on November 20, 2002.


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