Symbolic Butterfly Migration Update: November 18, 2003
And They're Off!
While you were boarding your bus or walking home from school today, your butterflies were also being readied to board for the long trip to their winter homes. Led by Beth Allen, everyone at the Journey North office was busy getting your Butterflies ready for the trip to Mexico--the final leg of their journey south. We carefully packed, sealed, and weighed all of the boxes, and Ruthan Gagner had the special UPS shipping labels ready to go, all in good time before UPS driver Sam Nyakundi arrived at Journey North to load up his truck.
Sam was so nice and he had a smile as wide as the migration route is long. He wanted you to know how happy he was that he could help send your butterflies on their way to Mexico.
Before leaving, Sam gave us the special UPS Tracking number, so that you can follow the migration LIVE all the way to Mexico. But first--Sam had a question for you. Watch the "Sam Cam" below, and look over the details of the travel itinerary that he left for you. See if you can answer Sam's Challenge Question. But don't wait too long, the Butterflies could catch a tail wind!
Ready for Your Butterflies in Mexico
With peak Monarch Butterfly migration completed, and your Symbolic Butterflies now on their way to Mexico, Rocio Trevino, Founder of Correo Real in Coahuila, Mexico said that the local children and teens who will be participating in the Symbolic Migration are now waiting for some of your paper butterflies to arrive. They plan to take special care of them for the entire winter, she said, and send them back north in March. Can you find Saltillo, Coahuila on a map?
Take the Journey North Challenge: How Many Butterflies?
While we were packing up the 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 so far:
PLEASE DON'T PANIC
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:
Buen Viaje Mariposas!
"Butterflies Were Migrating All Over the School!"
That's what Mrs. King's Third Grade Class said was happening at West Point Elementary School in West Point NY.
As part of a study of monarchs and other migrating species, Mrs. King's third graders decided to raise funds for the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation(MBSF) by creating and then selling "Spirit" butterflies to their classmates. The class figured that if they sold 80 butterflies at a quarter a piece, they would raise $20. Mrs. King said: "That seemed like a good amount of money to raise and a nice number of butterflies to sell." But something happened--in two days of their sale, they exceeded their goal--and sold over 400 Butterflies and raised $105.00 for MBSF. "That meant someone needed to make a lot more butterflies!!"
In addition to making, selling and donating the profits to MBSF, the students learned monarch trivia and all about the real monarch's fall migration route to Mexico. Way to go, third graders--now that's school "spirit"!
Many of you sent donation checks for MBSF this season, and we can't thank you enough. Look at the figures below and see if you can answer Challenge Question #3:
More Butterflies Fly into the Art Gallery
Journey North's premiere art curator, Mary Hosier, has been busy adding more of your masterpieces to the Symbolic Migration Art Galleries. And recently, she paused for a moment after adding more butterflies and said:
Great suggestion Mary!
Tour the Galleries, enjoy the artwork, and get inspired too:
Butterflies Fly Free, Thanks to UPS
Thanks 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!
Mark your Calendar! Here What's Next for Your Symbolic Butterflies:
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Question
Answer only ONE question in each e-mail message.
The FINAL Symbolic Monarch Migration Update Will be Posted on November 25, 2003