Monarch Butterfly Migration Update: October 28, 2005
that's so pretty!", "Look at this one--it's so beautiful!", "That's
so Cool!", "Every one--so unique!" These are
just a few of the exclamations coming from Journey North headquarters
as workers open each package of symbolic butterflies headed
Here's a peek at what we've been seeing.
Now Staging in Minnesota
A daily sight!
the latest news from the symbolic migration staging ground in Minnesota,
where your butterflies are resting comfortably--at least for now.
the deadline come and gone it seems the Journey North headquarters
is bursting at the seams with your beautiful butterflies. Journey
North staff and volunteers have been taking on the enormous task
of processing the big beautiful butterfly
cargo in preparation for the rest of its migration to Mexico.
For many days we hauled box after box from the mail trucks daily!
As each and every envelope arrives we check its contents. It is most
important that all the information is there on your return envelope.
to make sure
of a safe
return of butterflies back to each of you in the spring. (Beth Allen,
in charge of the Symbolic Monarch, oversees the entire project.
Thank you, Beth!).
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 over-winter.
The symbolic monarch you made represents you and expresses your interest,
friendship, and appreciation for the role the Mexican people play in monarch
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
- Who is
responsible for the monarchs at each stage of their lives?
happens when the butterflies cross national borders?
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
butterflies are a shared natural resource.
Migration Lessons help reinforce the spirit and objectives of the
Symbolic Monarch Migration.
your Calendar! Here What's in Store for Your Symbolic Butterflies:
Butterfly Art Galleries:
View a sampling of your creative masterpieces!
- Passenger Lists (so you can make sure your Symbolic Butterflies
were on board).
Question #1: Facts will be posted to help you predict
the total number of symbolic monarchs migrating to Mexico.
Question #2: 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.
number of Symbolic Butterflies revealed.
days, hours and minutes it took to reach Mexico revealed.
of donors to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation proudly displayed.
your Butterflies are in the care of the Mexican people, read about life
in the sanctuary region.
Next Symbolic Monarch Migration Update Will be Posted on November 4th,
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