Naturalist's Worksite News

 

Report of Monarch Butterflies raised in 2016

The success of any one year for rearing adult Monarch butterflies very much depends on the arrival of adult female Monarchs from the south and to have them lay eggs in our milkweed patch. In 2015 we had one female visit but this year we had two females arrive and on 12 July. There may have been a third female join them later. A male Monarch had [...] Read more

eButterfly and Mission Monarch

eButterfly is a website to post observations of butterflies. It was used during the Maritime Butterfly Atlas to collect observations from field observers. Now eButterfly is partnering with several other butterfly conservation groups to create a site called Mission Monarch to report observations of Monarch butterfly progress during the summer [...] Read more

Milkweed Information

I have found a couple of excellent articles that provide valuable information on milkweeds, their value, growth and propogation and on Common Milkweed physiology. These are both in the form of pdf files. Milkweeds - A Conservation Practitioner's Guide by Borders and Lee-Mader (Xerces Society 2014) - A comprehesive presentation of milkweed, the [...] Read more

Report of Monarchs Raised 2015

The Monarchs arrived very late in Nova Scotia this year. The female that layed all the eggs we raised into adults did not arrive until 30 July but fortunately she stayed in our field and gave us several batches of eggs. We released the first adult on 22nd August and the last on 29th September. We released 71, 36 females and 33 males and 2 [...] Read more

Milkweed Locations Survey

The Blomidon Naturalists Society plans to survey areas of the Annapolis Valley that are growing Swamp and Common Milkweed. The inforamation will be used in conservation efforts to restore the population of the endangered Monarch butterfly that feeds exclusively on these plants. If you are interested in helping please join us. The following two [...] Read more

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