Let's all take a moment for some good news!
Too often environmental work is all gloom and doom. Today we thank everyone for all the hard work, milkweed planting, caterpillar rearing, fall tagging and public education efforts on behalf of America's best known butterfly, the Monarch. A little congratulations is due.
|Monarch in Richland County, Ohio|
We stopped taking them for granted. In fact, many organizations rallied around the Monarch, calling for change.
|Monarchs headed to Mexico roost at Whiskey Island, Cleveland Ohio.|
Photo by Chuck Slusarczyk, Jr.
This year's news from Mexico is finally good. The numbers of wintering monarchs is at a five year high. But one good year means very little in insect biology. We can't afford to stop now, the job is not done.
A full report can be found at http://monarchjointventure.org/news-events/news/population-numbers-for-eastern-monarchs-increase-during-2015-16-season.
|These striped caterpillars are the larva form of the Monarch butterfly.|
The effort across the borders to protect wintering habitats, and plant milkweed has certainly been key to their rebound.
|A native bee pollinates this Butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa.|
We need to turn the pages of time back only to the fifties, where ditches were filled with flowers and milkweed reigned. Children still played outside and bees buzzed as the butterflies bounced from flower to flower. We chased lightening bugs at night.
Technology is great, but we need to decide if our chemically enhanced lifestyle is compatible to the health of the world in which we need to live. The insects have been trying to tell us something.