A Dance With the Butterflies

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Journey South


Hi to all,
Hope the school year is going well.

Our class was participating in one of Marci McGowan's amazing Internet projects, Autumn Across America. We had been thinking about Autumn in Arlington, Massachusetts, our community, when something incredible happened!

One of my students counted over 280 monarch butterflies flying over our own Peirce School playground after school. In investigating their migration, I found a fabulous project through Journey North, entitled Symbolic Migration.

This beautiful butterfly is by Jamie and it's on its way to Mexico!! To see all the children's work go here: http://geocities.com/ljacoby_2000/monarchs.html and to view all our work for the project, see: http://geocities.com/ljacoby_2000/aaa.html. You'll find links to information on Symbolic Migration on this page, as well.

Best,
Lanise

5 Comments:

Blogger Susan said...

Lanise,
Thank you so much for sharing! I wish I could have been at your school to see that migration. I've seen several monarchs at the beach on Long Island.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Hope said...

Lanise,
What an incredible sight that must have been!!
I have been searching the skies and trees in hopes of seeing such an event.
We have gone a little Monarch crazy this season,too!
My co-worker and I took an WONDERFUL 3 day workshop called Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies from the Monarch Teachers Network
and we have sent our butterflies to Mexico with the Journey South/Symbolic Migration,too.( I hope one of YOUR butterflies ends up in our classroom! )We also tagged over 50 Monarchs that we were able to raise from eggs in our garden for the trip south.What an amazing project it has been.(It is part of a program from Monarchwatch where students and Scientists track their progress south.)Our last monarch left us 3 weeks ago..and the children are feeling the pang of the loss I'll write a post so I can share the links .And if I can remember how to use Flicker..I'll post some photos ,too.
I can't WAIT for spring. :)

5:41 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hope,
Yes, please add your photos to our group pool. Once you are in your Flickr account, upload your photos. Above each photo there will be some options. Select the send to group option. You can also select some of your photos and send them to this blog.
I may be going to Panama this January. My husband and I are considering La Loma.
http://www.thejunglelodge.com/
Have no fears because:
"We do not sell butterflies to the dried specimen market or for use at weddings or other events."
So, if we go I'll have plenty of photos to add to our Flickr group pool.
I'm so happy to see that even though our project is over, there's still activity on our blog!
I'm already thinking about spring. How does a ladybug project sound?

7:00 AM  
Blogger Lanise said...

Hope,
HOW GREAT to have the ability to raise your own monarchs naturally! How GRAND for your kids and you!

It's also great that you were able to tag them (although I've always been a bit suspect of this procedure - I know scientists have been doing it for many years, but still I can't help but think it might inhibit their flight - just my thinking).

What fun that you did the Symbolic Migration!! Wouldn't it be such great to have each other's butterflies!
Hugs,
Lanise

6:43 PM  
Blogger web said...

So interesting and funny article..
http://www.sandfordhighschool.com/

3:25 AM  

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