Butterfly Migration Update: May 28, 2004
News from the Migration Trail
Monarch numbers are building as more and more members of the first spring generation are on the wing, and arriving in new places. We have 25 new sightings to report this week.
been on hold in many northern tier U.S. states and in southern Canada.
As the cool, damp weather moves out we expect a flurry monarchs to move
in. How far north do you think the monarchs will migrate? Why?
The Monarch Migration Continues...
We will continue to track the monarch migration through June, when the migration has spread throughout the breeding range. Hereafter, weekly updates will include migration maps and data only.
We Need Your Help: Please Report Your Sightings!
Even if monarchs have already been reported from your state or province, we want to know when you see YOUR first monarch.
It's great to receive reports from the field like these:
Scientist and Conservationist Say Children’s Opinions Matter
Dr. Lincoln Brower, who has studied monarchs for nearly fifty years, and Mr. Bob Small of the Michoacan Reforestation Fund are urging U.S. schoolchildren, teachers and the public to send Mexican President Vincente Fox telegrams and letters calling for a stop to the illegal logging and violence.
North Carolina Students Take Action
When Chapel Hill, North Carolina teacher Sue-Anne Solem and her students read about illegal logging in the monarch sanctuaries, they took notice. She described the reaction in her classroom
Spontaneously, the class brainstormed what could be done.
Before the week had ended, they had written a letter to the president of Mexico and sent a press release to their city’s local paper. "We want people to know about this and do something about it," said the students.
It's great to see these students emotionally inspired, intellectually engaged, and politically involved. Congratulations to everybody at Glenwood School!
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