Symbolic Butterfly Migration Update: November 19, 2004
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 Mike arrived at Journey North to load up his truck.
You can be sure that the butterflies had lots of TLC in the hands of our driver this year! Mike was thrilled to learn about all the creative energy it took to make all the thousands of butterflies in the boxes, and excited to learn about the Journey North Symbolic Monarch project. Before leaving, Mike gave us UPS Tracking numbers, so you can follow the migration LIVE all the way to Mexico. But first--Mike had a question for you. Watch the video clip below, and look over the details of the travel itinerary that he left for you. See if you can answer Mike’s Challenge Question. But don't wait too long, the Butterflies could catch a tail wind!
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.
Butterfly Boxes going to Angangueo each have a tracking number.
Sharpen Your Pencils! How Many Butterflies?
We were buried in paper butterflies this year! While packing them up we wondered just how many you had sent us. So, we all went on camera to ask YOU the big question! Watch us on the video, read the hints below, and then see if you can answer:
Clues: Here's what we do know about the estimated total number of Symbolic Butterflies so far:
Buen Viaje Mariposas!
Ready and Waiting in Mexico
With peak Monarch Butterfly migration completed, and your Symbolic Butterflies now on their way to the school children in the sanctuary area and to Rocio Trevino, Founder of Correo Real in Coahuila, Mexico. Rocio wrote to say 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?
It Takes a Variety of Contributors
Inside your envelopes we found many contributions for the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation (MBSF).
Contributions arrived from students in public and private elementary, middle and high schools; students in parks, wildlife, and city programs; students in Sunday schools, home schools and deaf schools.
Your donations both large and small have served as a true gesture of appreciation to the Mexican people for caring for the butterflies.
People-to-people: Finding Solutions through MBSF
MBSF President Dr. Karen Oberhauser tells us that through the use of these donations we will finally address the needs of monarchs--as well as the needs of the people who own the land on which the butterflies overwinter.
As a private, people-to-people initiative, MBSF connects citizens of the United States and Canada who care about monarchs with the very people in Mexico who own the sanctuaries -- and on whose future the monarch depends.
After studying some of the issues about monarch conservation show what you have learned in your answer to this question:
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 December 3, 2004.
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