There is a new citizen science program in America being co-hosted by the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) organization. It’s called the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP). This new initiative engages biologists, land managers and citizen scientists in monitoring monarchs and their habitat across the US breeding and migratory range.
Archives for May 2018
Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is the day set aside for us to honor the soldiers who fought and died for us in American conflicts — conflicts fought, for the most part, in the name of freedom. And what is freedom? According to Merriam-Webster, it is “liberation from the power of another.” Hm-m-m. Liberation…? According to the Oxford Dictionaries, it is the “power or right to act, speak or think as one wants.” Seems to me that sounds an awful lot like equal rights — doesn’t it sound that way to you? [Read more…]
I’ve written about Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) before. But because I, like many others, find them so fascinating, I can’t help but write about them again. I love the many colors they show us so early in the dreary spring weather. The various shades of blue and pink and white, and their bright green, smooth, almost like velvet, leaves. How can one not love them!
Hopefully this lovely photo brings you good thoughts for the start of a great Memorial Day weekend celebration — a weekend to remember those who have sacrificed so much to give us the freedom we enjoy, and hopefully are not now letting slip away….
Reprinted from Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA):
Seeking Public Comments on Draft of Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy
The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcomes public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population. Click here to view or download a PDF of the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy 2018-2038, and please direct all comments, questions, and suggestions to MidAmericaMonarch@gmail.com [Read more…]