Symbolic Migration 2011-2012

Spring, 2012
Continue the Cycle of Friendship and Stewardship Continue the Cycle
Here come the Symbolic Monarchs! Watch your mailbox for the arrival of your new symbolic monarch, then continue the cycle of friendship and stewardship! Please follow Steps 1-3. We're hoping for 100% participation. Students are counting on you!
Monarch butterfly sanctuary tour. Answers from the Students in Mexico
"Thank you for sending such interesting questions to our students in Angangueo," begins Estela Romero. She took your questions to children at school, at home and in town. "I hope you get a sense of how life normally goes on in our region! Happy Cinco de Mayo!"
life in Mexico Ask the Students in Mexico
Gather your questions! Estela Romero is ready and waiting to receive your questions and take them to the children. Her participation will help you better understand these children in a part of the country with few means for electronic communication. Don't miss this chance to learn more about the lives of students in Mexico.

monarch on the move March 20, 2012
It is the first day of spring and monarchs are moving! The journey north is underway. Your symbolic monarchs have now begun their long migration, just as the real monarch butterflies have. Find out what's ahead this spring. Credit: Dr. Lincoln P. Brower and Sweet Briar College
children in update February 13, 2012
Estela Romero has now delivered all Ambassador Butterflies to the children who lives beside the monarch sanctuaries. Find yours!
Fall, 2011
Posted: Sep. 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 7, Dec. 2, and Dec. 16
children in update December 2, 2011
Who sent ambassador butterflies to Mexico this year? Check out the list. Your ambassador butterflies are now being delivered to students who live beside the monarch's winter sanctuaries. As of today, Estela Romero has delivered half of this year's 1,710 butterflies. Explore the map and see what schools have already received their butterflies.
delivering butterflies November 16, 2011
Your butterflies are welcomed to Mexico. The first school visits have begun. Learn about the return of "Rocinante." The old red Volkswagon will carry the butterflies to the sanctuary schools again this year. Students plant oyamel fir trees in their school yards to symbolize their efforts at monarch conservation. Visit the galleries of beautiful butterflies.
gallery November 7, 2011
Just as the first monarchs are arriving in Mexico, so are the Symbolic Monarchs! Learn more about the seasonal and cultural events that take place in Mexico during this special time of year. The Symbolic Butterfly Sample Gallery 2011 is open. See a sampling of amazing butterflies. Who are participating schools? Find out and add yours to the map.
symbolic butterfly

October 14, 2011
The deadline has passed and mail trucks filled with your Symbolic Butterflies arrive daily. Just like the real monarchs, symbolic butterflies are preparing for their fall journey south to Mexico. Use the map as a gathering place to see where this year's butterflies were made. Share in their beauty and delight in their messages of goodwill!

child with butterfly September 23, 2011
The "Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration" is starting. Only two weeks left before the Postmark Deadline on October 11. Be sure to read the Teachers Packet to find out about making and sending both the large, classroom butterfly and individual life-size butterflies. Try four new activities and view a slideshow to prepare for the spirit of the Symbolic Migration.

Send a Monarch to Mexico 2011!
News will be posted here this fall as the 16th annual "Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration" takes place across North America. Students in the United States and Canada are creating thousands of paper butterflies that will migrate to their counterparts in Mexico for the winter. Join the celebration! Here's how to participate.