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Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration Update: October 31, 2003

Muchas Mariposas! Thousands of Butterflies Now Staging in Minnesota
Greetings from the Symbolic Butterfly Capital of the World, where your butterflies are resting comfortably--at least for now.

Over the next several weeks, we'll continue opening envelopes from each and every class, mixing butterflies sent from students across the U.S and Canada. And just like the real monarchs now "funneling" through Texas and into Mexico, all of your symbolic monarchs will soon travel side by side and spend the winter together. (Watch for the Passenger List in our next Update.)

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Symbolic Migration Art Gallery Now Open
But before your Butterflies are packed into their boxes for the final leg of their fall journey to Mexico, we've paused to take LOTS of pictures.

Journey North's premiere art curator Mary Hosier has been busy collecting and photographing many of your butterflies for the Symbolic Migration Art Gallery. We think you'll love visiting this special exhibition of your fine artwork! Even though we couldn't display all of the thousands and thousands of butterflies in the Gallery, we consider all of your works masterpieces!

Tour the Gallery, enjoy the artwork, and see if you can find YOUR Butterfly:

Visit the Galleries

Do you see your Butterfly?
Gallery One
Butterflies with Messages
Gallery Two
Realistic Butterflies
Gallery Three
Putting a Face on Your Monarch
Gallery Four
Crazy for Collages
Gallery Five
Littlest Gems
Gallery Six
Delightfully Different
Gallery Seven
Sensationally Symetrical

Very Special Deliveries
Inside your envelopes we found many contributions for the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation(MBSF). Your donations both large and small have served as a true gesture of appreciation to the Mexican people for caring for the butterflies.

We felt all your enthusiastic support in many messages, like this one from Kansas:

"The enclosed check is a small donation from our class to help the monarchs." Mary Van Dyke and students, at Atchison Middle School.

Thank you for your

"We're Helping Monarchs"


We'll proudly display all the names of those of you who donated, and the grand total in an upcoming report. And when the real butterflies return next spring, you'll be proud to know that you helped!

Are You an Ambassador for Your Country?
Symbolic monarchs that we exchange are ambassadors that carry messages between northern students and students in Mexico, where the monarchs overwinter. The symbolic monarch you made represents you and expresses your interest, friendship, and appreciation for the role the Mexican people play in monarch conservation.

As you follow the migrations of real and symbolic butterflies this year, plan to look for similarities and differences between the migrations. Keep a list of comparisons all year in your Journal and watch it grow. If you haven't already done so, here are some questions to consider and some lessons to try.

Try This! Journaling Questions:
  • Who is responsible for the monarchs at each stage of their lives?
  • What happens when the butterflies cross national borders?
  • What obstacles might they encounter during their migration?
  • How do the butterflies find their wintering grounds?
  • Are there times during the fall, winter or spring when the entire population is at risk?

Symbolic Migration Lessons:

Lesson 1: Monarch Butterflies as a Shared Natural Resource

Lesson 2: All Countries Make Their Own Rules

Lesson 3: What is an Ambassador?

Lesson 4: What to Expect Next Spring

Lesson 5: Looking for Parallels Between Real and Symbolic Migrations

Butterflies Fly Free, Thanks to UPS
For the 7th year in a row, all of your butterflies--thousands and thousands of them--will be migrating to Mexico, all thanks to UPS (United Parcel Service)! Their generosity, year after year, is an important part of this successful Symbolic Migration.

We hope you'll take the time to send them a thank you note for their support
Please send your thanks to:

Mr. Ed Gill
UPS Minnesota COO
3312 Broadway St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Mark your Calendar! Here What's Next for Your Symbolic Butterflies:

Symbolic Butterflies take off for Mexico!
Passenger Lists (so you can make sure your Symbolic Butterflies were on board).
Challenge Question #1: A special UPS Tracking number will be posted so you can try to predict exactly how many days, hours, minutes and seconds the symbolic migration will take to Mexico. (To be sure you're ready, bookmark the UPS tracking system now: UPS Online Package Tracking System
Challenge Question #2: Facts to help you predict how many symbolic monarchs are flying to Mexico.
More Butterflies fly into the Galleries

Total number of Symbolic Butterflies revealed.
Total days, hours and minutes it took to reach Mexico revealed.
List of donors to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation proudly displayed.
While your Butterflies are in the care of the Mexican people, read about life in the sanctuary region.

The Next Symbolic Monarch Migration Update Will be Posted on November 18, 2003

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