Mailing Deadline: October 12, 2012
Welcome to the Symbolic Migration 2012-2013!
The 17th annual Symbolic Monarch Migration is about to take place across North America. The Symbolic Migration unites children across North America through the migration of ambassador monarch butterflies.
Over 60,000 students in the United States and Canada create symbolic butterflies and send them to Mexico for the winter. Children in Mexico who live beside the monarch's winter sanctuaries protect the butterflies and send them north in the spring. Through the Symbolic Migration, children across North America are united by the monarch butterfly and celebrate its spectacular migration. Throughout the school year, they learn authentic lessons of ambassadorship, conservation, and international cooperation.
the Symbolic Migration
butterflies' fall flight is timed to correspond with the real
monarchs' journey south. The paper butterflies arrive in Mexico
around the time of the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos (November 2), just
as the real monarchs do. According to Mexican legend, these
returning butterflies are thought to carry the ancestors' souls
and play a role in the Dia de los Muertos celebrations.
students from the sanctuary region greet the butterflies. At the same time in
the mountains nearby, the entire eastern population of North
American monarch butterflies are arriving in Mexico for the winter.
Sometime in March, when the real monarchs' departure from
Mexico is announced, the paper butterflies return. The
symbolic butterflies carry a message from the Mexican students
to the students in Canada and U. S. who made them.
Join the Celebration!
The annual migration of millions of monarchs across North America is among the world's most spectacular natural events. Canada, Mexico and the United States must cooperate to protect and conserve the monarch butterfly, which has become a symbol of North America's shared environment. Your participation represents
international support for the monarch. Join the celebration!