Naturalist's Worksite News


2019 Monarch Report - Annapolis Valley

by Larry and Alison Bogan This year was an excellent year for the population of Monarchs although not as great as 2018 which was the best in our experience. Our 2 ha field is full of Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and this year was sprouting by mid-May. It is a perennial and its roots over-winter. The damp spring helped growth and by the time [...] Read more

Destruction of a Pine Forest

Over the winter 2018-19, one of the few remaining pine forests on the Annapolis Valley floor was clear cut of every tree standing. The image below shows how there is no forest left at all (click on the photo for a larger image). The area is shown in the aerial photo from Google Earth below before it was cut. The blue in the aerial images is the [...] Read more

2018 Report Monarch Butterflies, Brooklyn Corner, N.S.

The first Monarch butterfly probably visited our milkweed field around June 12, 2018 and layed at least one egg. We found the caterpillar of that egg after we saw two Monarchs arrive on 3 July 2018. Within a week we had about 10 Monarchs resident in the field. After that collection of eggs and larvae begain and we established our feeding and [...] Read more

2017 Monarch Season Annapolis Valley

Monarchs were first seen in Nova Scotia in mid-June and arrived in Brooklyn Corner late in the month. We had four in the milkweed field on the 3rd of July and collected our first eggs on the 4th. In the following months we raised 187 adlult Monachs from egg and larvae found in the field. We again tagged 50 of those butterflies hoping some make it [...] Read more

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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