Symbolic Butterflies Now Flying to Mexico! November 1, 1999
Today's Update Includes:
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
"How Much Longer Until We Get There?"
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Symbolic Migration Passenger List
All aboard for Mexico! A diverse, international population of symbolic butterflies is now en route to Mexico. Monarchs from 2,541 classrooms,48 U.S. States and the District of Columbia, 5 Canadian Provinces, and 3 countries are included. (We'll tell you the exact number of butterflies in our next report.) Here is the list of passengers. Please carefully look for your school's name.
PLEASE DON'T PANIC
(Please include your full name and address, and the number of butterflies you
Thanks For the Lift!
It's a long way from Minnesota to Mexico but, thanks to UPS, your butterflies will receive a free ride. We encourage you to thank UPS directly. Without Mr. Jim Meyer, CEO of UPS Minnesota, this would not have been done! Letters should be addressed and sent to:
Flying on the Night of the Dead
Tonight while you're asleep, your butterflies will be flying to Mexico. Tonight in Mexico, many people will be awake all night at the cemetery, spending the night at the graves of their loved ones to commemorate the "Noche de Los Muertos", the Night of the Dead. Once each year, they believe, the souls of their ancestors return to earth to visit.
In the Monarch region, there is a legend that ties the return of the monarchs to the return of the souls. Senor Juan Pablo Martinez-Soriano writes from Irapuato, Guanajuato:
"Natives in Mexico believe that monarchs are the souls of the loving people who have passed away and come back to visit every year. Monarchs arrive in huge numbers at the same time (October 30 to November 2), and therefore their significance and fervor towards them.
I have been told by local peasants that the size of the monarchs arriving first are small and therefore the celebration for the dead children on November 1. On November 2, Mexicans celebrate the day of the dead (adults).In Central and Southern Mexico, this celebration is deep-felt and people often visit the family graves and offer not only flowers but even hot meals, preferred drinks, cigarettes and many other things to the dead. Some families even spend the night of November 1 there in celebration."(firstname.lastname@example.org)
What's in Store for Your Symbolic Butterflies?
Watch for the next update and mark your calendar because here's what we're planning:
November 17, 1999
By now, your symbolic butterflies will have arrived at their winter home in Mexico. We'll send news from Papalote in Mexico City, and from the schools surrounding the real monarch sanctuaries near Angangeuo. Find out how fast the butterflies traveled, and exactly how many symbolic butterflies made the trip. By way of thanks, we will also list the names of the many people who are helping to conserve monarch habitat in Mexico, through a donation to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation.
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The FINAL Symbolic Monarch Migration Update Will be Posted on November 17, 1999
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