follow these directions so we don't have to return your butterflies.
to Expect This Fall:
pieces as instructed:
Spring Return Envelope
Fall Mailing Envelope
What to Expect Next Spring:
You probably will not receive as many butterflies
back next spring as you send this fall. In past years, even with
our greatest efforts, the return rate has been approximately 80-90%.
do not send more butterflies than the number of students in your
Be sure to alert your school mail handler to be on the lookout
for the returning butterflies in the spring.
will not get your own butterflies back next spring.
You will receive butterflies that were made by
other U.S. and Canadian students.
to set aside about 20 minutes (about 1 minute
per butterfly) to report each of the butterflies you receive to
the spring map.
messages and addresses you receive from Mexico will be handwritten
in Spanish. Computers are not as readily available to students
in Mexico as they are in the US and Canada.
Purpose Behind the Symbolic Migration:
become ambassadors for the migrating monarchs
as they cross international boundaries.
butterflies are a SHARED natural resource. The
symbolic migration parallels the real monarch migration in rich
and complex ways. These parallels provide valuable opportunities
for real learning about international relations and the risks
of migration. See Lessons >>.
How To Prepare for the Symbolic Migration:
your monarch as an ambassador to Mexico. These
Symbolic Migration Lessons
will help reinforce the spirit and objectives
of the Symbolic Monarch Migration.
that the quality of the butterflies you send in the fall may be
different than the quality of those you receive back next spring.
(Just as beautiful, new monarchs go to Mexico in the fall, the
real monarchs that return are tattered and torn.)
Understand this is a class project not an individual exchange.