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Monarchs

So I recently read and I need to go back to find the article, hopefully this weekend, which came to mind when I remembered seeing a monarch a few weeks back and wondering why so early? Well, according to that article, monarchs we’re being spotted here earlier than usual and the problem with that is that the milkweed plants here aren’t in bloom yet.

Anyway, since I don’t have that article in front of me, I’m going with this article over at Scientific American entitled “Monarchs in Peril: There Numbers have been Declining Dramatically, but Figuring Out Exactly Why – and What to Do About it- is the Challengeby Anurag Agrawal. Here’s hoping they find an answer and I find the article that talks about Monarchs here in this region.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

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Migration mapping

After last year’s chance meeting of a Monarch butterfly coming out of it’s cocoon on the milkweed plant by our front porch, anything on the Monarchs grabs my attention. This article, entitled “Researchers identify monarch butterfly birthplaces to help conserve species ” over at Phys.org is a great example.

I know it’s still Winter but I’m already looking forward to Spring and our milkweed(s) blooming. Last year I actually planted one in the backyard too. Taking a family nature walk over at Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park this past weekend on a day where the temperatures hit seventy also didn’t hurt. Yes, I know, I know, climate change is not good.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Monarchs, circa 2011

So last weekend the kids and I went out our local park to tag some monarchs, only to come up empty handed. Being a librarian, my first question was why? Well, according to the volunteers out that day, they had tagged over fifty the last few days. My first thought was that it had rain quit a bit the day before.

Then much to my surprise, as I was sitting and waiting to catch a ride on our local mass transit train one afternoon (instead of in the morning like I usually do) the following week, I counted six monarchs in the course of maybe twenty minutes.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Birth of a butterfly

Years ago, when my kids were little, we had two caterpillars that we kept in a glass jar and  which later spun into their cocoons. By winter, I thought they were dead but low and behold, next spring they were born again as butterflies. We then released them.

So this year we had a couple of Monarch caterpillars on our milkweed plant in the front yard. The difference was, I never saw them spin their cocoons. While I don’t know what happened to the second one, the first one was born again this morning. Check out the picture.

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Turns out in a couple of weeks, we’re going to a Monarch tagging event being held by the Missouri Department of Conservation. I can’t wait.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

M & M’s

If you’re like most people, when you see the word (or letters) M & M’s, you think of candy. For this post however, we’re talking about Milkweed and Monarchs. This past spring I cut back the milkweed plant in the front yard and while I probably shouldn’t have done it, thankfully it came back.

So when I came across this post over at Treehugger, I immediately thought of our milkweed plant, along with a picture I have (and recently sent to a friend) of the kids and I  at a Monarch tagging event we went too and where my daughter tagged a few monarchs.

The article and video are entitled “The indescribable beauty of monarch butterflies filling the sky (video)” by Melissa Breyer. Hard to believe that this is where the Monarchs we tagged were headed too.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Dragonfly travels

I’ve always been amazed at how far Monarch Butterflies migrate but, now I’m just as impressed with how far the Pantala dragonfly travels. According to the article entitled “Tiny dragonfly species crushes long-distance migration record by riding high-altitude winds” by Michael Graham Richard  Over at the Mother Nature Network, it seems they travel over 4,4oo miles. Again, all I can say is wow!

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Green Librarian

Homeward bound

After our chance to tag Monarch butterflies with the Missouri Department of Conservation last summer, this article was definitely a nice one to read. It talks about an increase in the  number of Monarchs, along with the number of acres of milkweed and financial resources available.

You can read all about it in the article entitled “Mexico documents big rebound in monarch butterflies by Mark Stevenson at Phys.org. Always feels good to help make a difference, no matter how small.

Yea!

  

Green Librarian