The Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) has always been the animal that ushers in the new seasons for me. Whether its their fall migration from the northern US and Canada south to Mexico or their spring migration from Mexico north to … Continue reading Prairie Royalty (Monarchs)
When you restore a native prairie in your yard, there is a recommended “right” way of doing it. If you already have vegetation (grass, your old flower bed, weeds, etc.) growing, many resources and organizations prescribe: 1.) Apply glyphosphate to … Continue reading Restoring Native Habitat Efficiently, Effectively, and Economically in Small Urban Landscapes (AKA Lazy Gardening 101-Part 1)
(Image: juvenile Procyon lotor) I often get the chance to see wildlife being rehabilitated. It can be an inspiring and memorable experience. It can also be very difficult and sad, as many animals are unable to be fully rehabilitated and … Continue reading Lotoring Outside: Teaching a Raccoon to be a Raccoon (Part 1)
Augochlorella aurata belong to the Halictidae, or sweat bee, family. This species of bee is what inspired me to take a closer look at bees in general. From a distance, they resemble tiny emeralds linked together. Under the microscope, they … Continue reading Augochlorella aurata (Green metallic sweat bees)
Happy World Environment Day! In case you were unaware of this day, it is celebrated around the world on June 5. The United Nations created this holiday as a catalyst for awareness of environmental issues around the world and to … Continue reading Happy World Environment Day! You matter, so nature matters.
There is common description of Iowans called, “Iowa nice.” Iowa nice means: you make eye contact and say, “Hi,” to EVERYONE (this is does not work in California-people will think you have legit issues), no one goes when its their … Continue reading The Crawl of the Bumblebee
After taking pictures of bees for less than a month, I became fascinated with their actual movement. Their agility in flight is something to be admired and the their tiny little wings are impressive. I find bee wings to be … Continue reading Movement-Bee Wings Doing Flappy Things