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Monarchs Do Not Go to Mexico
What do Migration Maps Tell?
map to enlarge.
is an animated map of the spring 2008 monarch migration.
dots show where and when the first people saw their first monarchs that
spring. The red triangles show where people saw monarchs during the winter
that year (in January or February).
As the map
show, all monarchs do not migrate to Mexico for the winter. Some spend
the winter along the Gulf Coast, the Atlantic Coast and the Pacific Coast
Watch the wave of migration move across the continent and ask yourself
- Does the
migration pattern suggests that all the monarchs are coming from Mexico?
Why or why not?
- Do the
monarchs that wintered along the Gulf Coast also migrate north? In what
ways does the migration pattern suggest this?
gather data.The picture is still incomplete. We need hundreds of additional
observations to help us clarify the pattern.
Science Education Standards
- Use data
to conduct a reasonable explanation.
men and women using scientific inquiry have learned much about the objects,
events, and phenomena in nature, much more remains to be understood.
- How to
use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies
to acquire, process, and report information.
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