Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Presents………... Help That Habitat! An Essay and Multimedia Contest!
Monarch butterflies are largely recognized throughout North America for their distinct orange, black and white wings. Often referred to as the “king” of the butterflies, these majestic creatures are also known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make this massive journey—up to 3,000 miles! Each spring, monarchs fly across California in search of the perfect habitat to lay their eggs. Adults will only lay their eggs on milkweed plants and the caterpillars will only eat milkweed plant. Scientists have long thought of these majestic creatures as an indicator of ecological health and pollinator populations. The future of the western monarch migration is at risk! Over the last 20 years, scientists have monitored California’s overwintering monarchs and found an 80 percent or more drop in butterfly numbers at many sites. Scientists believe monarchs are declining due to loss of milkweed habitat and overwintering groves from herbicide use, urban and rural development and long term drought.
ESSAY CONTEST (Grades K-5)
In 250 words or less, can you tell us three ways you can help protect the Monarch butterfly and its habitat?
MULTIMEDIA CONTEST (Grades 6-12)
Students may submit one entry per person documenting Monarch butterfly waystations or habitat restoration in their community or yard in the multimedia form of:
• A 30 second to one minute length video documenting habitat restoration efforts
• A “selfie” photo documenting habitat restoration efforts
There are FIVE prize categories:
First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. Winners will receive a gift card for the following amounts: First place winners will receive $50, second place $25, and third place will receive $15. Kindergarten winners will receive a $10 gift card for all places instead of the above prizes. In addition all winners will receive a Monarch Waystation kit of their very own!!!
Deadline for submission is November 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Submissions may be submitted to: MEEC, 14306 Park Ave, Victorville, CA 92392
FAX: (760) 241-6271
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