According to my phenology records, this year was the latest we’ve seen a Monarch butterfly in our yard; September 24, 2018. It was a hot, humid summer going right into Labor Day, so I guess I’m not surprised. I hope she makes it to Mexico okay.
The following is taken from a 10/4/2018 Pollinator Partnership announcement:
Are you an artist? Or do you have an artist in your family? Then here’s an exciting opportunity for you. The Pollinator Partnership (P2) is seeking an artist to develop their 2019 Pollinator Poster focusing on “Endangered Pollinators and Their Habitats.”
Each year, P2 along with its partners including federal agencies, non-profits, for-profits, individuals, etc design and distribute an educational pollinator poster used for outreach. These posters are offered free and distributed for the cost of shipping and handling. View past pollinator posters.
2019 Poster Vision
“In 1973 Congress created the Endangered Species Act (ESA), setting an ambitious goal of reversing the alarming trend of human-caused extinctions that threaten the ecosystems we all share. Since its enactment, over 70 pollinator species and just under 1,000 plants, with others in consideration, have been placed under protection on the Endangered Species List. Canada has its own list with the Species at Risk Act, and Mexico has an endangered species list as well. Raising awareness about these essential animals and plants is critical, and collaboration must be promoted in order to make important contributions to the conservation and recovery of endangered and threatened pollinators and pollinator-dependent plants.”
P2 envisions “this poster being an artistic depiction of selected endangered pollinators paired with their habitats, primarily the plant species that they depend on and often depend on them. Let this spark creativity, but do not feel limited to these visions. The most important part of creating any poster is to make it a beautiful work of art that also communicates an idea or behavior that supports pollinator heath. A scientific/naturalistic style is preferred. P2 staff will work with the artist on scientific accuracy and detail.”
If interested in submitting a poster concept idea for consideration to render the 2018 “Endangered Pollinators and Their Habitats” poster, please submit the below information as one PDF firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Contact information (name, email, physical mailing address)
- Resume, CV, past projects, etc.
- Max 2 pages
- Narrative about the poster concept
- Method used (digital, traditional, etc.)
- max. 1 page, Arial, size 12, single spaced
- Sketch of the proposed poster as digital art submitted as a pdf, .eps., or .jpg. (300 ppi at 8.5 x11)
A one-page narrative concept idea with a draft sketch is due to Kelly Rourke at email@example.com by Monday, November 26, 2018. The final illustration is due by Friday, February 8, 2019.
There is flexibility with the size of the poster, but past posters have ranged from 30 in x 12 in to 30 in x 32 in (including a galley at the bottom of the poster for partner logos). We suggest using a standard poster size so that the poster may easily be framed.
The chosen artist will receive $1,000 upon completion of the artwork and agreement and signature of contracted work for the 2019 poster.
Long time Wild Ones member Heather Holm, author of such books as Pollinators of Native Plants and Bees, will be featured at this year’s Fox Cities Book Festival in Wisconsin. On Monday, October 8th at 6:30PM, she will speak at the Elisha D Smith Public Library in Menasha about “The Pollination of Native Plants,” and on Tuesday, October 9th at 10:00AM, she will speak at the WILD Center in Neenah about “Gardening for Bees and Butterflies.” Copies of her books will be available for sale at both sessions. [Read more…]
Remember when they used to spray DDT to eradicate mosquitoes because they carried the malaria virus? See In her Own Words: Lorrie Otto and the fight to ban DDT. And then found out the unintended consequences to ecosystems because they had not planned ahead for any consequences? Well, I was pleased to find out that at least some Americans have learned a lesson from this travesty.
It seems one of the Bill and Melinda Gates funded programs is focused on eradicating malaria. By developing genetically modified mosquitoes, they intend to reduce the number of female malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Of the 3,500 known species of mosquitoes, it seems only female Anopheles gambiae (malaria-transmitting mosquitoes} bite humans. So it is their goal to genetically modify this mosquito to suppress future populations.
Oxford University’s Zoology Department has been awarded a $3million grant and will work in collaboration with the University of Ghana, Accra to understand the ecological consequences of reducing or eliminating the malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. They will study the Anopheles gambiae throughout their life cycle to determine which competitors might benefit from their demise.
They will also look at how their reduction will affect known predators. Bats, for example, eat mosquitoes, as do many insects.
They will also try to determine which flora will be most affected by the Anopheles gambiae‘s reduction. Mosquitoes feed on nectar and consequently serve as pollinators.
Preliminary findings suggest eradicating this mosquito will have little or no effect on the ecology, but scientists now finally understand they can’t take the environment for granted. This new study should help them come close to planning for the consequences of the demise of the malaria-carrying mosquito ahead of time.