Symbolic Monarch Migration Update: November 17, 1999
Today's Update Includes:
Bienvenido a Mexico!
"I just couldn't believe it when we opened the boxes and saw all the beautiful butterflies, " exclaimed Montera Gomez.
Montera is the young woman at Papalote Del Niño whose job it is to find 52,525 homes for your butterflies this winter. Undaunted by the task she said:
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Howard from Journey North has gone to deliver the remaining 2,000 butterflies to the children who live beside the mountain sanctuaries, high in the mountains west of Mexico City.
When Journey North begins in 2000, watch for short stories from these students, reports from biologists in the sanctuaries, and much more. We hope these activities, combined with the Symbolic Migration, will be meaningful for your classroom.
We'll preview some of these plans in the FINAL Monarch Butterfly Update to be Posted on November 24, 1999.
The Final Count is In! Discussion of Challenge Question #17
Several classrooms came close to estimating this number by using our clues about the size of the "sea of butterflies", and comparing the number of boxes of butterflies this year and last:
(Students who read the UPS Tracking Site carefully may have noticed there were 18 boxes shipped, but only 13 boxes in our clues. If you were surprised so were we! This is because the boxes had to be repackaged to meet weight restrictions. Of course this didn't change the number of butterflies.)
We asked you: "Exactly how many days, hours and minutes do you think it will take the butterflies to reach the front door of the Museo del Nino in Mexico City?"
Those of you who "tracked" the butterflies on the UPS Website know that the butterflies arrived in Mexico City on November 4 at 1:21 p.m., just 2 days, 20 hours and 59 minutes after they left the Journey North office!
Send Your Thanks to UPS
It's a long way from Minnesota to Mexico but, thanks to UPS, all your tens of thousands of butterflies received a free ride. We encourage you to please write and thank UPS directly. Without Mr. Jim Meyer, CEO of UPS Minnesota, this would not have been done! Letters should be addressed and sent to:
Thank You for Your Gift for Monarch Conservation!
A heartfelt thanks to the children and teachers at the 445 U.S. and Canadian schools listed below for their contributions to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation. Their example reminds us of our responsibility for monarch conservation--not only when the monarchs grace our own backyards, but also during the long months of winter.
A total of $6,522 dollars was contributed during this fall's Symbolic Monarch Migration for conservation work in Mexico. (This is three times more than the same effort last year!) Watch for news this winter about how these contributions are being used in Mexico by the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation.
Symbolic Migration Passenger List
If you haven't already done so, please carefully check for your school's name on the Symbolic Migration Passenger List:
PLEASE DON'T PANIC
(Please include your full name and address, and the number of butterflies you
The FINAL Monarch Butterfly Update Will be Posted on November 24, 1999.
The Next Symbolic Monarch Migration Update Will be Posted When Journey North Begins in February 2000!
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