Snow, Monarchs, and Fruit Trees: Haphazard Ramblings

This morning I am having some trouble deciding what to post.  As I was scrolling through my social media feed I noticed that a page out of Texas was having trouble with people stealing their content and posting it as their own, without any attribution. Their page is used to educate the public on the Monarch Butterfly and is filled with a plethora of information! They do a great job. But, let’s just say that using content without the permission of the owner or attribution of the original creator is wrong and leave it at that. We all know there are copyright laws.  Enough said.

Spring Snow

Then, I looked outside. Snow! It is extremely sunny but we got six inches of snow over the last 24 hours.  It’s beautiful – no doubt! But, it is also April 4th!  Despite having five days off for Spring Break, my boys were hoping to be off today for a snow day. No luck. But, Spring is always iffy, that is for sure!

We’ve had spring weather in the last few years where it reached 80 degrees in March. Our fruit tree buds swelled and blossomed in the sun and warmth, only to not have any pollinators be around to help make the fruit. Naturally, it got cold again and we had a very small harvest. And, we have times like this, cold & snow sitting on the closed buds and grounds, hopefully providing a another blanketing layer of insulation and warmth, not killing the tender, soon to be foliage with frost.  Yes, spring is iffy.

Fruit Trees

Our fruit trees have been trimmed, the branches disposed of, thanks to a friend.  We are hoping the timing of sun, warmth, blossoms and insects all work in concert this spring. A track meet was already canceled that was supposed to take place yesterday. I am sure the tennis match will be cancelled for tomorrow too.  One thing you can count on is that you can’t count on it being spring like in the spring!

The Iconic Monarch Butterfly: Part I in a series

Back to the Monarchs.  On Thursdays, the organization Journey North posts updates on Monarch migration.  If you visit the linked page today, you will see the post from last Thursday, March 29th. As you can see, the generation of Monarchs that overwinter in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Central Mexico are headed north! As they move further and further towards us in the upper mid-west, they are reproducing and laying eggs.The monarchs that arrive in our yards in late Spring and Early Summer are descendants of the butterflies that overwinter in Mexico.  The adult female monarch typically only lays eggs on milkweed plants along the way.  Habitat loss has made a major contribution to the Monarch’s plight.  It is essential there be milkweed for the monarchs as that species of plant sustains their entire life cycle.

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Monarch conservation and habitat restoration has become a huge part of my life over the last 15 years. I am not new to their cause and therefore have a multitude of experience and knowledge which I can share with you. If you are interested in knowing more about what experience I have, please check out:  A Journey in Habitat Conservation & Restoration for the Monarch Butterfly.  I hope you stop back for some regular posts from this blog on The Iconic Monarch Butterfly!

Now, we just need the snow to melt!

2 Thoughts

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing monarch butterflies here in north Alabama, so I’m glad we don’t have your snow! I’ve participated for a few years in Journey North’s citizen science projects, but a new position might make that difficult this year. We’ll see.

    Here’s hoping you see warm weather soon!

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    1. Ah, yes! You get to see the Monarchs so much sooner than us! I am hoping I can welcome some to their habitat in my yard before July this year! (That when I saw the first one last year!) When I look at what I sent in as observations to Journey North in years’ past, I was seeing them arrive regularly by the end of May, ten years ago. The citizen science records really help to “see” the changes taking place. Enjoy the butterflies! Thanks for your comments!

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