Milkweed for Monarchs

Source: SCWF Milkweed for Monarchs   “On a good year, approximately 180-280 million Monarchs start migrating, mate, lay eggs along the way and their children continue the round trip. Milkweed is needed along the entire route or they will not johnston_bwh_-_monarch_catrpllr_09-03survive. It takes more than one milkweed plant for each surviving adult due to natural predators. That is an enormous amount of milkweed! Most North Americans were very lucky to have seen even one Monarch Butterfly over the past few years. 

What can you do?

Plant milkweed!!  At home, at school, at work, church, the library, the local park – anywhere in your community.”

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation – Your voice in the wild since 1931.


 

 

 

 

9 Simultaneous Lives of Cats – NC Cit Sci programs are tracking them

Discover Magazine’s September print edition features an article on “20 Things You Didn’t Know About Cats.” Felines seem to lead elusive, mysterious lives. Fortunately, the citizen science project Cat Tracker allows you to track your cat beyond what we can directly observe.

Cats are moody. read more

But the joke is on us. Pet cats remain a mystery living right under our noses. We share our homes with them. We adopt them into our families. And if we let them outside, then there is a significant part of their lives for which we are clueless. Curled up on our laps rests Dr. Jekyll, but out the door goes a stalking Mr. Hyde.

A new collaboration between cat owners and scientists seeks to find out where cats go and what they may eat along the way. The scientists of Cat Tracker are a team of professors and students at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, in NCSU Biological Science (Your Wild Life), and at the NCSU Veterinary School. The cat owners so far are mostly in North Carolina, though recruits are now signing up from many other states, and soon in Australia and New Zealand.  read more


Think there is high mortality from wind turbines on birds?  Check this out.

Our Naturalist’s cats, Taz and Nut, take offense to any speculation or observation of any cats behavior and or the study thereof.  Also were quoted saying “mewwwwugh with a strong objection to the attempt of understanding by their homo sapiens servants”.