Symbolic Butterfly Migration Update: November 25, 2003
The Journey South is Complete!
Your Symbolic Butterflies have arrived in Angangueo, Michoacan, Mexico where they will be resting comfortably, just as the real Monarchs are resting now too. They will be well-cared for in Mexico until their journey north in Spring 2004.
Learn who's caring for the Butterflies and who will send you a "winter note" from Mexico:
How Long Did it Take? Discussion of Sam's CQ #1
Just before he drove away from the Journey North office with your Butterflies, UPS driver Sam Nyakundi asked you: "Exactly how many days, hours and minutes do you think it will take the butterflies to reach Angangueo, Mexico?" We provided some clues for you too.
We eagerly awaited the news and now have heard from our contact in Angangueo, German, that he received the Symbolic Butterflies:
Mr. Phillips' and Mrs. Dotson's Third grade students, Corey, Jarrod, Bree, Seth, Braxton, Courtney, Joanna, Samuel, Beth and Evan, from Kanawha Elementary School in Davisville, WV provided 8 separate estimates ranging from 4 days 2 hours, up to 10 days, 20 hours, 50 minutes. And Mrs. Leland's class from Kingwood, TX also gave several estimates ranging from 29 hours 50 minutes to 72 hours. So many great estimates were given, but in the end, it looks like Evan from West Virginia charted the butterflies' travel time most accurately, with his answer of "5 days, 10 hours, and 3 minutes."
Thanks to all the classrooms (i.e. Student Travel Agents) that charted the butterflies' itinerary and submitted estimates!
This! Journaling Questions
The Journey North Challenge: Discussion of CQ #2
We also challenged you with more Monarch Math, when we asked you to estimate: "How many Symbolic Butterflies do you think are flying to Mexico this year?"
Using the clues from the information we had at the time the Symbolic Butterflies left Journey North, the estimated number of Symbolic Butterflies flying to Mexico was 50,268. Was your estimate close to ours?
the Real and Final Butterfly Count?
Thank You for Your Generous Gifts for Monarch Conservation!
A heartfelt thanks to all the students, teachers, individuals, clubs and associations listed below from across the U.S. and Canada for their many contributions and generous support of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation.
Discussion of Challenge Question #3
In our last update we asked if you could "calculate how many schools sent in donation checks" for the MBSF? Using the clues given, the answer was that 500 schools sent in checks. You could calculate this by multiplying 1,108 schools by .4513 = 500 schools.
Due to the stragglers, we received checks from even more schools (thanks!), raising the percentage of schools that sent in checks to 45.74%. In total we got checks from 510 schools out of 1,115 schools that sent in butterflies (510 schools that sent checks divided by 1115 total schools = 45.74%).Thanks again to everyone that sent in checks for the MBSF!
One Last Look: Symbolic Migration Passenger List
If you haven't already done so, please carefully check for your name on the Symbolic Migration Passenger List, which is available on our Web site. When doing so, please try to picture the task on this end, with 50,000+ butterflies. Posting this list is an opportunity for you to help us confirm receiving what you sent.
IMPORTANT: Please carefully check for your school's name on this list:
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:
Symbolic Monarch Art Gallery Remains Open
The exhibition of your artwork will remain open, so be sure to plan a visit.
Butterflies Reach Mexico, Compliments of UPS
Thanks to UPS, boxes full of your butterflies made it to their winter homes 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!
The is the FINAL Symbolic Monarch Migration Update.