Fall has arrived full swing out on the prairie. Richard below is witnessing his first fall season which he has found not b-a-a-a-d. The peak in color is suppose to be from the 6th through the 28th of this month.I had a birthday the day before, so understand my passion to this colorful season. I was also born on a first frost, so cold weather approaches soon.
You can see a mitten shaped area on this butterflies wing. This is where we place the sticker made specifically by 3M for this purpose.
A teaching diorama set for all the visitors during the week.
A Praying Mantis flees watchful eyes of the children in the group.
I loved this bright orange fungus adorning a fallen tree on the way down to the river bottoms.
On a prairie breeze.
A last tagging effort of wayward Monarchs found a lot enjoying the late blooming blue sage on this prairie area, working first on uplands and then having better luck along river bottoms.You can see a collapsible insect hotel with a dozen specimens so each participant could identify and practice tag a butterfly before going out into the field.Chris, wearing a butterfly shirt, required all to kiss and say Adios Amigos to each one released. He had went through over 700 stickers this year, and is an educational coordinator at Kuehn Nature Preserve.
You can see the numbered sticker with a 800 number to contact, and name of the program. We sex them, record time and GPS location along with the date caught.This generation will live the longest, vacationing in mexico. They will breed flying north, lay eggs in Texas and die. The next generation continues this cycle, until third and fourth generations arrive this far north. The fourth generation will return to Mexico.