A Symbolic Migration

The sturgeon homeschool (grades 6-8) sent paper “symbolic migrating ambassador butterflies” to Mexico as part of an international conservation effort to highlight the importance of the Monarch butterflies to the people of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Last fall, when the monarch butterflies left Wisconsin to migrate to Mexico, each Sturgeon homeschooler created a symbolic paper butterfly with their name, Riveredge’s name and location on it, as well as a large class butterfly folder. These paper butterflies were mixed with paper butterflies from all over the United States and Canada. They followed the real monarchs down to Mexico, where they were “protected” by the children in Mexico that live near the actual wintering Monarch sanctuaries. When the Monarchs left Mexico and returned to the US, the paper butterflies did the same. We received our new butterflies last week, and we have butterflies from 13 different states in the US, Ontario (Canada), and Saskatoon (Saskatchewan, Canada), and two butterflies from Saltillo, Coah, Mexico.

This shared symbolic migration is a wonderful way to unite children from the US, Canada, and Mexico, emphasizing the importance of this miraculous migration of the Monarch butterfly that we are all a part of! Over 60,000 students participated in this celebration. This was arranged through Journey North and Senora Rocio Trevino of Mexico. Senora Trevino lived on the monarch migration pathway in Mexico, 400 miles north of the wintering grounds.  Twenty years ago they used to think the monarchs were a plague of invading insects and tried to kill as many as they could. They competed on who had the largest piles of dead Monarchs. Senora Trevino learned of the famous migration and dedicated herself to educating the people along the migration route of the importance of the Monarch. Two of our butterflies came from Mexican students who learned of the importance of protecting the Monarchs from Senora Trevino. It reminds me of Margaret Mead’s famous quote:” Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Friday Sturgeon Homeschool Class
Friday Sturgeon Homeschool Class
Monday Sturgeon Homeschool Class
Monday Sturgeon Homeschool Class
Mexico Class
Mexico Class

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