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Friday, September 8, 2017


Every summer when I was a kid, I was, as many kids excited, about butterflies. I saw tons at my grandmother's farm, but the first thing I noticed when moving back to Ohio was that there weren't any milkweed for them too eat and breed on. The next thing I noticed was that at my grandmother's farm I only saw one butterfly all summer. And it wasn't a Monarch, my favorite because it had a glorious yellow, white, green and black striped caterpillar. Foreseeing the worst, I was really excited when Julia's first grade teacher, Mrs. D, brought in a fish tank full of milkweed. The milkweed were in large pots of water, to keep the plant alive. Then, she started to grow monarchs for her class.

Here's an article that you might find interesting if you want your kids to see and experience the wonder of Monarch butterflies. I'll let you know what my daughter and I did with butterflies in another post  
If you want to read the original and see the live videos, see http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/education/article171937212.html:
Monarch butterfly researcher Cheryl Schultz, a conservation biologist with Washington State University in Vancouver, recently visits the McCormack Unit of the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge as part of a study into monarch caterpillar breeding habitat. Schultz outlines results from a separate study documenting the drastic decline of Western monarch butterflies, finding there’s a good chance there will not be enough migrating monarchs to sustain the species over the next few decades. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

Monarch butterflies might vanish from Tri-City summers

SEPTEMBER 07, 2017 7:22 PM

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