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Classroom Bibliography : Migration and Conservation

Aridjis, Homero and Lincoln Brower. "Twilight of the Monarchs." New York Times, January 26, 1996. An editorial discussing the impact of forest destruction on monarch conservation and steps that could be taken to protect the forests.

Brower, L. and S. B. Malcolm. 1991. "Animal migrations: Endangered phenomena." Amer. Zool. 31: 265-267.

Caduto, M.J. and J. Bruchac. 1988. Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children. Fulcrum Inc.: Golden, CO. Ecological lessons and activities incorporating Native American culture, including a chapter on migration that could be adapted to monarchs.

George, Jean Craighead.1993. The moon of the monarch butterflies. Harper Collins Publishers: New York. The spring migration from Mexico and the hazards faced by one female monarch. Great art. K-5.

Gibbons, Gail. 1989. Monarch butterfly. Holiday House. Story of the life cycle and migration. Good art. K-3.

Gonzales de Castilla, Susana Rojas. 1993. "The Importance of Alternative Sources of Income to 'Ejidatarios' (Local Residents) for Conservation of Overwintering Areas of the Monarch Butterfly." In Malcolm, Stephen B. and Myron P. Zalucki, Eds. Biology and Conservation of the Monarch Butterfly.

Harvey, Diane and Bob. 1991. Melody's mystery. Beautiful America Publishers. Text in Spanish and English, wonderful photographs, emphasis on migration and life cycle. All ages.

Herberman, Ethan. 1990. The great butterfly hunt: the mystery of the migrating monarchs. Simon and Schuster: New York. Detailed description of life cycle, migration, tagging, and the discovery of the overwintering sites. 3-6.

Hutchins, Ross. 1966. The travels of monarch X. Rand McNally & Co.: Chicago. Story of the migration of a tagged butterfly and the hazards it faces on its trip to Mexico. K-4.

LaFranchi, Howard. "Monarch's Reign in Mexico is Threatened." The Christian Science Monitor, November 8, 1995. A good feature that includes the perspective of local residents who live near the overwintering sites and support themselves with the forests.

Lasky, Kathryn. 1993. Monarchs. Harcourt Brace & Co.: New York. Factual information of entire life cycle and migration. Good photographs, text more appropriate for upper elementary.

Lavies, Bianca. 1993. Monarch butterflies: mysterious travelers. Dutton Children's Books: New York. Complete informative text with photographs.

Malcolm, Stephen B. and Myron P. Zalucki, Eds. 1993. Biology and Conservation of the Monarch Butterfly. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: Los Angeles, CA. A collection of scientific articles on monarchs, with good sections on migration, overwintering biology, and conservation. Text more appropriate for secondary students, especially high school.

Preston, Julia. "Snow in Mexico Winter Home Lethal to Monarch Butterflies." New York Times, January 3, 1996. Story about the December snowstorm that killed millions of overwintering monarchs.

Pringle, Laurence. 1997. An Extraordinary Life. Orchard Books: New York.

Prior, R.W. 1993. The great monarch butterfly chase. Macmillan Children's Group: New York. Two boys follow a monarch to Mexico. K-2.

Ross, John. "Dangers in Paradise." Sierra Magazine, July/August 1992. Good overview of the many issues facing people that are trying to preserve the overwintering sites.

Urquhart, Fred. August 1976. "Found at Last: The Monarch's Winter Home." National Geographic. The story of how the overwintering sites were discovered by scientists.

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