Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Greetings from the Sonoran Desert...

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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Sep 30, 2012 10:46 AM CST
Hi everyone, so sorry I kinda took off there, but am finally getting back into a bit of routine, so hopefully will have more time for the forums again.

I've begun volunteering at the Desert Botanical Gardens here in Phoenix - it's truly a world class garden, research and educational facility. They also hold great events, have lots of kids stuff, photography, etc. And I just completed my training for the fall release of the Monarch butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion. They also have a separate training for the spring butterflies, more info on that when I get it.

When I have a minute, though, I thought I'd give some of the factoids that I learned about the Monarchs. I know a lot of you know tons already, but some surprised me, so maybe there will be something for others.

Anywho, hope to see ya'll posting and hope everyone had a wonderful summer!

Sheryl Hurray!
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Nov 4, 2012 3:06 PM CST
Hi, Sheryl! Just noticed this! Sounds interesting! We're getting more butterflies every time a front comes in. Monarch are going through the area, but for some reason they've been avoiding my yard for the last few weeks. Hmm...maybe I need one of those waystation signs, so they'll know they are SUPPOSED to stop here and nectar. No Monarch caterpillars seen since spring.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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sheryl
Nov 8, 2012 10:18 AM CST
Hi Linda! Didn't think there was much interest, so I didn't bother putting it up, but if you are, I will!

Signs, balloons, neon lights - hey! OVER HERE. Rolling on the floor laughing Although, from your posts, I gather you do get a good amount of action over the year.
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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