Butterfly Migration Update: November 22, 2005
It’s time to celebrate! While you were playing after school
today your butterflies started out on the long trip to their winter homes.
All butterflies were carefully boxed and labeled for their long journey
south. The special UPS shipping labels were put in place by our star
shipping organizer, Ruthan Gagner and her son, Josh. Journey North’s
chief symbolic monarch organizer, Beth Allen, oversaw their departure
just as night was falling.
You can be sure that the butterflies had lots of TLC
in the hands of our driver again this year! Mike Towey, now a seasoned
driver was again thrilled to help deliver the butterflies on their
first leg of the journey to Mexico. (Mike was our UPS driver last year,
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!
Question #1: (Text version):
"Exactly how many days, hours and minutes do you think it will
take the butterflies to reach Angangueo, Mexico?"
The butterflies are traveling via UPS service. Here is the path they
Start with the time the Butterflies were scanned in at Journey
North staging grounds in Deephaven, MN--exactly 4:58 p.m. CST
on Nov 22.
boxes were then driven to the UPS Package Hub in Maple Grove, MN.
From the UPS Package Hub in Maple Grove, the butterflies will be
FLOWN to Louisville, KY
From Louisville, they will FLY to Houston, TX
From Houston they will FLY to Mexico
Upon arrival in Mexico City, they will go through Customs.
Finally they will be TRUCKED to Angangueo in Mexico.
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.
Tracking numbers are:
To respond to this question, please follow these instructions.
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:
many Symbolic Butterflies do you think are flying to Mexico this year?"(same
question as in video)
Here's what we do know about the estimated total number of Symbolic
Butterflies so far:
One box of 2,569 b-flies
weighs 18.0 pounds
are: 18.0 lbs, 30.0 lbs, 32.0 lbs, 29.0 lbs, 29.0 lbs, 32.0
lbs, 29.0 lbs, 33.0 lbs, 30.0 lbs, 29.0 lbs, 26.0 lbs,
to this question, please follow these instructions.
remember to show your work.)
Aboarrrd?!" Symbolic Migration Passenger List
all of your Symbolic Butterflies on board for Mexico?
Lists are in alphabetical order BY THE ABBREVIATION. Please carefully
check the lists for your school. If you sent butterflies to Journey
North and you do not find your name on the list, don't be alarmed.
Just follow these steps:
AGAIN! Please check the list very, very carefully. When teachers
write us in despair, we find that over 75% simply missed seeing
Sorry about spelling errors. With a plane to catch--and over
2,000 schools on board--we had to type quickly! We apologize
in advance if your school's name is misspelled.
you've double-checked and you’re certain your name is
not listed, please send comments and questions in our “feedback
form:” (Include your school’s
full name and address, and the number of butterflies you sent.)
and Waiting in Mexico
The peak Monarch Butterfly migration is completed and your Symbolic
Butterflies now on their way to the school children in the sanctuary
One special box (box #12) is also on its way 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 in Saltillo are eagerly 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.
you find Saltillo, Coahuila on a map?
Finding Solutions through MBSF
the Journey North staging grounds it is clear that students
all over North America want to help monarchs. The mail brought
many, many envelopes labeled, “We’re Helping
Monarchs!” and included money to be donated to the
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation(MBSF).
through the 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.
More Butterflies Hit the Galleries!
Here’s a look at even more of your fantastic paper butterflies.
We PROUDLY present the revised 2005 Art Galleries.
your Calendar! Here What's Next for Your Symbolic Butterflies:
number of Symbolic Butterflies revealed.
days, hours and minutes it took to reach Mexico revealed.
of donors to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation proudly
in the sanctuary region: While your Butterflies are in the care
of the Mexican people, read about life in the sanctuary region.
FINAL Symbolic Monarch Migration Update Will be Posted on December 9,
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