Friday, March 16, 2007

Monarch Butterflies and Waystation Program

Monarch Newly BornOur warm days have turned into rainy chilly days for the weekend, but I know that Spring is here because things are budding and the daffodils are blooming. The longer days of light since Daylight Savings Time turned our clocks ahead have been really nice also.

We became part of the Monarch Watch Waystation Program last year. We were amazed to know the large variety of nectar plants we already had in our yard and we had added milkweed a few years back from an area that was about to be developed. We moved a lot of plants from that field and it's so nice to know that they have provided a place for Monarchs to make it. There's concern about the Monarch population, so you might want to find out more about the fun Monarch Waystation program.

This Monarch was in the area where we had moved the milkweed and other butterfly plants. Milkweed is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars will feed on, so adding a few to your yard will make a huge difference in preserving Monarchs. Find out all you ever wanted to know about Monarchs at the Monarch Watch website.

Like this butterfly having just emerged from the chrysalis beside it, Spring makes me emerge from my winter woes to feel totally reborn! I've had so much energy and so many fun projects in the yard and home. Now that the daffodils are blooming, I'm already thinking butterflies. Isn't it just human nature to never be satisfied? Contentment is a lifelong classroom with many arenas of temptation.

Our bluebirds are nesting and the finches and wrens have begun choosing abodes. Life is busy all around. Take some time this Spring to discover what's in your own backyard and nurture it along with some ideas from the Backyard Wildlife Habitat site.

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