Archive for August 30th, 2013

Hope springs eternal for the monarch butterfly

I remember the summer when two of my kids found a couple of caterpillars down at our neighborhood garden.  The next thing I knew, with the help of an old Oberweis milk jar, a few branches and some green leaves, we created our very first butterfly house.

It wasn’t long before the two catepillars began to spin their chrysalis and settled down for their long winter nap but then after what seemed like eternity, reality began to settle in.

In fact, by early spring we were really beginning to give up all hope when suddenly, on a warm sunny day, first one and  then the other,made their long awaited appearance. We had two butterflies, which we soon their after released back into the wild.

This recent article over at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune entitled “The Biology of Hope” by Andrew Wagaman brought all those memories back today as I read about the adventures of Associate Professor Karen Oberhauser and her Monarch butterflies, sprinkled with a little dose of citizen scientist, at the University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

Reading this article definitely gives me hope.



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