Monarch Butterfly Migration Update: May 2, 2002
Today's Report Includes:
As today's map shows, the migration has advanced very little since last week. With only 14 new sightings to
report, the number of adult monarchs is now clearly at a low. We expect this to change soon. In past springs, sightings
have more than doubled with the arrival of the new generation.
Cool Week, Little Change in Milkweed
Only 5 new sites reported milkweed during the past 7 days. This compares to 73 in the previous 14 days! As these maps show (see Web), temperatures fluctuated back to the cool side last week in areas where milkweed has not yet emerged.
Symbolic Monarchs Almost Ready to Fly
This is a short migration update because we've been busy. The symbolic butterflies are almost ready for the last leg of their journey! Pictured here are your butterflies and the Journey North staff. We held our annual, outdoor spring packing day last Friday. A late season blizzard hit Minnesota the next day, so we were lucky to have such beautiful weather.
Before mailing any packages we must wait until all are ready to go. Otherwise, people worry that their butterflies are lost and write to us with concern. Therefore, we will mail them all on Monday, May 6th. Please allow time for the mail to reach you--especially if you live in Canada. We ask that you not contact us until after this deadline:
** Mark your calendar**
Noticia de la migracion de la mariposa monarca
As the butterflies fly over your homes, schools and cities, we're sending the news back to the students in Mexico so they can track the migration too. Here is this week's report in Spanish, with an English translation:
The Next Monarch Migration Update Will Be Posted on May 9, 2002