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Symbolic Monarch Migration Update: October 31, 1997

 How Many Butterflies? Inspect these pictures, read the clues, and then place your guess! See Challenge Question #1 below. (Click on face of picture to enlarge.)
Butterflies Will Take Off on Monday!
Mark your calendar.The butterflies will continue on their journey to Mexico next Monday, November 3. When they leave Minneapolis that evening, UPS will give us the special tracking number. We'll post it for you no later than 8 am on Tuesday morning, November 4, and challenge you to guess how long their trip will take. Get ready now to track the Symbolic Migration on the UPS WWW site

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:

Mr. Jim Meyer
District Manager
United Parcel Service
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Packing for The Trip
For the past 3 weeks, we have had the delightful job of opening packages from schools across the U.S. and Canada. Like opening a present, we discovered wonderful surprises inside. Before the butterflies leave, we'll show you as many as we can in the Symbolic Migration Art Gallery.

How Many Symbolic Butterflies Are There?
We've been keeping count as we opened each envelope and packed the butterflies into boxes. We'll have the final number for you next week. In the meantime, place your guess as part of the first Journey North Challenge Question of the year:

Monarch Butterfly Challenge Question #1:
How many symbolic butterflies do you think there are?

• Clues:
• We are not standing up in the picture above!
• The area filled with butterflies measures approximately 4 meters by 5 meters.
• We lost count of the number of huge mailbags we received, but we estimate there were about 30.
• Each mailbag contained between 55 and 70 envelopes full of butterflies.

When you send us your guess, please put your number in perspective. For example: If you were to guess one million, you could say, "That's one paper butterfly for every person in the state of Idaho." Good luck! We're eager to hear what you think.

How to Respond to Challenge Question # 1

1. Address an e-mail message to: jn-challenge-monarch@learner.org

2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question # 1

3. In the body of the message, answer the question above.

Don't Forget!