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It is not really news that Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Their numbers have been dropping steadily for the last twenty or more years. Last week, (August 2022) the International Union for the Conservation of Nature put the Monarch on their red list of species that are endangered. This holds no legal protections or incentives to help the Monarch, but it shows that scientists are justifiably worried.
Chances are, if you are reading this blog, it’s because you have a profound appreciation and respect for nature. Everyone’s favorite Jeopardy host, the late Alex Trebek once said, “if you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, something’s wrong with you.”
It’s in our biology to marvel at our surroundings, and since the dawn of humanity, people have used art to express our relationship to our environment. At times, we create art to convey information about new things we hav...
"The most common way gardeners attempt to connect with insects is by planting for butterflies. It is a noble idea... Sadly, the execution of this enterprise is so often directed by misinformation that we end up having fewer butterflies than we started with."
-Doug Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home