Monarch Butterfly Migration Update: October 27, 2006
Ambassadors Staging in Minnesota
Look at this one – it’s so beautiful," "This one’s
an ambassador! Look at these patterns," "Every one--so different!" These
are just a few of the exclamations coming from Journey North headquarters
as workers open all the packages of symbolic butterflies headed for Mexico.
snowflakes, each unique butterfly demonstrates a caring and interest
in monarch safety and conservation. The message is loud and clear, “Thank
you for taking care of our Monarchs!”
a peek at some of the thousands of butterflies staging in Minnesota.
for the class pictures! |
love your enthusiasm!
Mountain of Delightful Butterflies
deadline has come and gone, and it seems the Journey North headquarters
is bursting at the seams with your beautiful butterflies. Before
long, the mountain of butterfly envelopes – a staggering
sight – will all be opened, sorted, and boxed for their
journey to Mexico.
Journey North staff and volunteers open each and every
envelope to check its contents. We are the first to see
the new year’s crop of delightful creations. We
want to make sure of a safe return of butterflies back
to you in the spring.
This! Are You an Ambassador for Your Monarch?
migration of the monarch butterfly is one of the most spectacular
natural phenomena in the world — but it is considered "endangered." Protecting
these fragile natural resources and their habitat is critical
to their survival. The symbolic monarch you made represents you
and expresses your interest, friendship, and appreciation for
the role the Mexican people play in monarch conservation.
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 to try.
- 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.
The Longest Symbolic Migration
Just as the real monarchs travel miles and miles in their fall migration,
the symbolic monarchs also can chalk up the miles. Whose butterflies
will travel the farthest this year? One package arriving at the Journey
North headquarters contained butterflies made at Vogelweh Elementary
Symbolic butterflies to Mexico
a puzzle for you:
If the German butterflies migrated directly to the
sanctuaries in Mexico how many miles would they travel?
This information might to help you solve the puzzle:
Elementary School is located in Kaiserslautern, Germany (49.45N,
butterflies are traveling to the sanctuaries in Mexico (19.62N,
How many different ways could you determine the distance between the
2 places? Give it a try and share your information with your class!
your Calendar! Here What's in Store for Your Symbolic Butterflies:
Butterfly Art Galleries:
View a sampling of your creative masterpieces!
Allen, in charge of the Symbolic Monarch, oversees the entire
- Passenger Lists (so you can make sure your Symbolic Butterflies
were on board).
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.
in the sanctuary region.
Next Symbolic Monarch Migration Update Will be Posted on November 3rd,
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