Dear friends: Our children at the “Benito Juárez” elementary school were eager awaiting for the four last Ambassador Monarchs to be delivered to them!. This school is located to the eastern closest surroundings to the core of the colony at Sierra Chincua in the community “Las Jaras”, a small settlement of families which population of children is very small; The school has got two teachers who teach 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades one teacher and 4th, 5th and 6th grade the other teacher; each teacher, at this type of schools called “Escuelas Unigrado”, teaches all subjects as mentioned before in one of our former blog publications. This community and their Ejido (group of family inhabiting the territory) are not involved in the direct activities at the Sanctuary, The live in the buffer area and live mainly from agriculture (corn, wheat and potatoes growing), cattle and back-yard animal raising —for family consumption mainly—, and make an extra living by having their closest relatives, —brothers, husbands, children and parents—, working in the big closest cities (all 150-180 kilometers distance average), most of them working in the construction industry, coming back to stay home for the weekend with the family. Chidren were fascinated attending the pollinators lesson, going over the basic concept on pollination, “bats pollinators too?”, “and moths as well?, and we not knowing it!”. Children learnt how important local wild flowers and plants in general are so highly important for pollinators as sources of nectar; how well a dense populated forest is retaining water and humidity much better for pollinators and the flora in general to keep healthy and finally ensure out water storage for the dry season… one topic leading to another and to another!… they had lost of fun recognizing local pollinators, telling anecdotes while being out and seeing a bat hanging here, hummingbird types living in their area, learning how extremely important bees are as well as hummingbirs, and Monarchs and else butterflies and moths as part of them!. Going out to recognize and discover beetles and insects in their wild area made them extremely excited and interested!. “I loved my science class, but now I will love it much more”!, —two of them said—, “going out to explore and see species outside is so much fun!; many plants have been there all the time; many of them blossoming being the favorite sources of nectar to Monarchs: “look at the “Chaquirilla”, the “Hierba del Sapo”, “Salvias” and “Senesios” —, and I added: “and look at our majestic, —exclusively local to the surroundings of the Monarchs’ reserve and buffeer area—, the yellow, orange or bright pink “Cardo” stinky plant/flower now considered a threatened species!, and they added: “our parents use most of them as medicine herbs for curing ilnesses at home!.” Estela added: “We should keep this knowledge inherited by our ancestors alive; see how all these species of flowers and plants then represent a whole equilibrium for our local ecosystems, our forests keep them and protect them and all species of animals find a optimal habitat here; Monarcha among them!”. Recognizing the many names of fruits, —many of them wild, made them realize how rich a region and country we are, besides having the phenomenon of the Monarch butterflies with us!!!. When feeling that we had gone throught the most important aspects of our different topics, they then received their Ambassador Monarchs, knowing that the Symbolic Migration had reached its end there this season. “Yes, we do promise and commit ourselves with our friends in the North that we should more than ever care after our local nature surrounding. We want our ranchs and forests to be here forever to host Monarchs and all animals and plants and trees surrounding us!, “please let them know, Estelita that we shall be awaiting for their Ambassador Butterfies next year and that we hope we will have another topic to make us learn how to preserve better our ranchs and forests in the future!. The Symbolic Migration now closes the season”!. Thank you in the name of our children, teachers and families for your wonderful symbolic monarchs, your gifts, your goodwill and compromise, for the graphic representation pasted on them to let our children know how all societies around our world now are making all efforts to care much better on the conservation of their local natural local surrounding, within which ours in one more piece of the great chain making our life in the planet still possible. Lets now keep close track of the wonderful population of Monarchs in our Sanctuaries and their highly interesting behaviour until their massive departure North starts!. Thank you for your huge efforts there in the North to increase and manage this stunning population with the help of the climate conditions not being so drastic to them!. Until next season with the Symbolic Migration!.
AMBASSADOR MONARCHS DELIVERED HERE.-
1187.- Powell and McShea, The Orchard School, Indianapolis, IN.
1188.- Karen Powell, The Orchard School, Indianapolis, IN
1189.- Mrs. Hicks class, Profesora Powell, The Orchard School, Indianapolis, IN
1190.- Ms. Justine Dill, William Paca Middle School, Mastic Beach, NY.