Migration Update: April 13, 2010
return envelopes will soon be on their way back to you. Inside them
you will receive an ambassador butterfly, news from the sanctuary
area, and your "seeds of hope." Make room in your schoolyard
garden to plant your milkweed seeds. Provide food for monarchs and
hope for future monarch generations. When you receive your ambassador
butterfly report to the Spring Map!
and Monarch Conservation
at the Journey North Symbolic Migration headquarters we are preparing
each and every return envelope with something special. Even though
your symbolic butterflies were destroyed in the flood disaster you
will receive one special "ambassador" butterfly made by
children living near Saltillo, Mexico. These children are helping
to protect the monarch’s migration pathway through northern
Mexico. In the Saltillo area students can see thousands of monarchs
migrating overhead in the spring and fall!
will also receive a newsletter with helpful information, and news
from Estela Romero. Estela will tell you about her work and how
important it has been to share your messages of goodwill. She will
explain how the students learned about soil erosion and de-forestation
and how to protect monarch habitat in their mountainous region.
return envelopes will also contain milkweed "Seeds of Hope."
for your return envelopes to arrive the first week of May.
for Future Monarchs: Milkweed "Seeds of Hope"
has been a difficult year for both the symbolic butterflies and
the real monarch population. Scientists reported the overwintering
monarch population was at an all time low in and around the sanctuaries
spring monarch sighting reports indicate the migrating population
is small. Dr. Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch says, "We have no
prior experience with such a small returning population and it is
uncertain whether monarchs in such numbers could recover in one
You Can Help Monarch Conservation
the monarch population recover by planting milkweed seeds. Monarch
larvae have only one food source. They rely 100% on the leaves of
the milkweed plant for survival. You can provide food for monarchs
and hope for future monarch generations by planting some "Seeds
of Hope" that are enclosed inside your return envelope.
Snapshot of Sanctuaries
fall, over 400 classrooms
sent $7,573 to support monarch butterfly conservation in Mexico.
This spring, the Monarch Butterfly Fund used your financial support
to purchase a satellite image of the butterfly sanctuaries. The
image is so detailed it may even show the monarch colonies.
feel that this year's devastating flooding was the direct result
of misused natural resources. The satellite images will help document
changes to the sanctuary forests and fields.
is the second year in a row that satellite images were purchased.
images will have permanent value for science and conservation. Students
know that these 2010 images were made possible through their own
of the Monarch Butterfly Reserve in Mexico
The area outlined in blue will be included in the satellite image.
Migration Map: Share
the News of Your Stewardship
May 1st: Report to the Symbolic Migration Map
Add to map (please!)
you receive your spring return envelope share the news of your
welcomed your ambassador butterfly.
planted milkweed seeds of hope.
are watching for and will report the first monarch butterfly and
milkweed you see this spring!
Check out the
out what other students are doing!
in Action: Monarch Conservation and Flood Relief Donations
Elementary School, Oxford, Michigan
will get the word out about monarch butterflies, their beauty, and
what they need to survive."
out what these students did with some milkweed seeds.
Academy in Emerson, NJ
Assumption Academy students decided to have a bake sale
to raise money for the Angangueo flood victims. By the end of the
fundraiser, 21 third grade students in Louise Lucivero's class raised
$300 for their friends in Angangueo.
raised $300 for their friends in Angangueo!