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in the News
Your Own Newspaper Column
Tell your community
that the monarchs are on their way! Ask to be a reporter for your local
or school newspaper. Follow the example of students at Cape Cod Lighthouse
Charter School, who wrote their own weekly news column called "Nature
Track" for their community newspaper. From February to June, the students
captured highlights from Journey North News to include in their column.
Suggestions for Your Weekly News Reports
Far North and East Has the Migration Progressed?
Each week, find the latitude and longitude of the sightings furthest
from Mexico. Also, keep track of the wave of migration. (For help see,
Many Miles from Mexico Has the Migration Traveled?
Assuming all sightings are monarchs from Mexico, measure the distance
each week of the sightings furthest from Mexico. People will be impressed
to know how far these small butterflies have traveled! (For help see,
"How to Use the Online
When the Monarchs Will Arrive
First, find out when Monarchs typically return to YOUR state or province.
To do this, you can use records from Journey North's online database
to answer this question. Record the dates the 1st monarchs were spotted
in your state/province in past years, then see what the average date
of first return seems to be.
to our archives for data from
past years' migrations.
Others in Your Community to Help Track the Migration!
The more eyes watching for butterflies, the more likely you are to spot
the arrival of the first monarchs. Let people know that they can help
monitor the migration in your area. Explain that sightings from the
public are welcome. People can either contact you with the news, or
report directly to Journey North.
Science Education Standards
data to conduct a reasonable explanation. (K-4)
descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.
to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies
to acquire, process, and report information.
and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data.
locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry
and other representational systems.
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