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The Milkweed & Monarch Situation – Links & Resources

Butterflies feed on lots of different plants, but each species need a particular plant or group of plants on which to lay their eggs. Monarch butterflies need Milkweed (Asclepias species) for reproduction, and these lovely indigenous flowers are in decline – between agricultural practices, roadside chemical sprays, and everything else that puts native species in decline, milkweed species, like many other plants that support native wildlife, are in trouble.

I wanted to take just a quick minute to assemble some resources and links that will help you gather all the necessary info on this topic, and the exciting movement happening in backyard gardens to protect the gorgeous, famous butterfly we call the Monarch.

Female Monarch on clover, by Kenneth Harrelson on Wiki.

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Name that weird newborn!

I just can’t even believe these are real things. Can you guess what it is before following the link? I couldn’t.

But I’ll give you a hint – YAAAY for endangered species having babies!

Photograph from Zoo Atlanta via Reuters

Photograph from Zoo Atlanta via Reuters

 

There’s even a babycam for these guys! Thanks Atlanta Zoo!

Enormous Stick Insect, Thought Extinct, is Rediscovered

This story is both amazing and inspiring – an enormous stick-insect, considered extinct since the 1960s, has a fascinating story of re-discovery and hope for the future.

Read the story by NPR writer Robert Krulwich HERE or click on the image of the INSANELY GIGANTOR insects to read!!

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Image via Rod Morris/www.rodmorris.co.nz

Naked Vegetarians

A dear friend of mine gifted me this wonderful sticker over the weekend. We have distinct differences of opinion when it comes to religion, but one thing that deeply connects us is our shared love of nature. Weeping at the majesty of a landscape or the simplicity of a bird’s nest is something we’re both guilty of. Click on the image for some other cool stickers – the site you’ll find is called Restoring Eden, a Christian organization dedicated “to make hearts bigger, hands dirtier, and voices stronger by rediscovering the biblical call to loveserve, and protect God’s creation.” Although I do not partake in Western religion, I’m so delighted when I discover groups like this that are bridging one of the deepest chasms between religious and non-religious folks.

Take Ohio State’s large predator survey.

Ohio State is doing a study on attitudes about large predator management, Gray Wolves in particular. As a subject near and dear to my heart, I took the survey and it should only take you about 10 minutes. It’s important work being done right now and this is a great way to help out.

Go to Wildlife News’ blog to read a short explanation of the survey from one of its creators and click on their link to take it, or just go here, to the survey itself.

The wolves thank you!

How You Got Fooled into Drinking Bottled Water.

Like many things in American society, bottled water has become a symbol of two things: how easy it is to brainwash our people, and how our society completely disregards its basic necessities to make an easy buck.

Bottled water is a campaign to make money based on false information and fear. I learned so much from this little video – kudos to those who put it together! A billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean water, and did you know that a portion of our thrown-out plastic bottles ends up polluting other countries? Rude.

If you live in an area with tap water that has questionable quality or taste (I speak from experience, my homecity’s water tastes like straight up chlorine), consider investing in a faucet purifier. That way you can use a refillable bottle and get filtered water right out of the tap!

Sustainability: Shifting Perspectives

SUSTAINABILITY.

What does that word bring up for you?

I think for some people it brings to mind eco-terrorism and dirty hippies. For me, it’s really about balance. I’m no expert in sustainable practices, but I have some pretty strong feelings about them, and since you’re unfortunate enough to be following this blog, you’re just going to have to read them.

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Coyotes and Live Trapping, An Addendum

As if it wasn’t long enough, I wanted to make a side-note on the most recent post about coyotes. Many people suggest live trapping and relocation as a viable option for “controlling” coyotes, but it turns out that live trapping is bad news for our canid friend.

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Coyotes and Their No Good Very Bad Reputations

Since writing the rattlesnake post, my love for the unloved has been sharply rekindled. My fascination with animals carrying bad reputations has been with me ever since my first stint as a naturalist at a state park on the East Coast.

Today I want to talk about coyotes.

Coyote photo credit: Christopher Bruno.

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{News Flash} Sperm of the Snot Otter

Go ahead. Say it out loud.

Okay okay, I’m not going to lie to you guys: I literally laughed out loud when I read the words “snot otter” and saw this rather-adorable-in-an-ugly-way creature below the headline:

Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, via NatGeo

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