About the Symbolic Migration
The 4th annual "Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration" is now underway! In collaboration with Mexico City's Museo del Nino (Children's Museum), students across the United States and Canada have created thousands of paper butterflies that have "migrated" to Mexico for the winter.
The butterflies' fall flight is timed to correspond with the real monarchs' journey south. The paper butterflies arrive in Mexico around the time of the Dia de los Muertos (November 2), just as the real monarchs do. According to Mexican legend, these returning butterflies are thought to carry the ancestors' souls and play a role in the Dia de los Muertos celebrations.
Sometime next March, when the real monarchs' departure from Mexico is announced, the paper butterflies will return to North America. Each butterfly will carry a special message from the Mexican students to the students in Canada and U. S. who made them.
The migration of the monarch butterfly is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world. It is also considered an "endangered phenomena" because scientists fear this incredible journey may not last beyond the next decade. This celebration will symbolize an international partnership between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Joined by a fragile butterfly, shared hope will be carried across borders and between generations.
The symbolic butterflies have all left for Mexico, so you've missed the trip this year. However, we hope you'll come back next fall. Your participation in this symbolic event represents tremendous international support for the monarch. As part of the Symbolic Migration of 1998/1999, 48,372 U.S. and Canadian students made paper butterflies which flew to Mexico for safekeeping over the winter. With a similar number of Mexican students returning butterflies in the spring, a staggering total of over 80,000 students across North America contributed to this effort.
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