Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rainy Daze

Most of this month I have devoted toward tagging Monarch Butterflies, as part of a program through the University of Kansas studying migrations. I started with a group of Boy Scouts whose leader had went to school down there. It was 1994 and sounded interesting to me, after finding I preferred research projects over teaching sometimes. Hard to stress out chasing butterflies, or with my method, directing children to ones I have spotted. The 3M company developed a special sticker to use for this. One identifies the longitude and latitude where they are caught. Then we sex them and record the time, before releasing them. Many state,county, and city parks across the nation gather groups to help with this. If you have never tried, check with your various conservation people to find out more. Today was beautiful and a good day to be outside, with short moments of rain arriving, a challenge to take a bike ride. I chose the Botanical Center in Des Moines along with a International Food fair also nearby. I hope you enjoy the treasures I have to offer.



Koi swim slowly
No cares in their world
Sharing the day with me.
Koi



















15 comments:

  1. Lovely images! I hope the butterflies don't mind the tagging.

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  2. Hi Steve - fantastic plants ... and wonderful conservation work you're doing and researching ... good to know about - cheers Hilary

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  3. The tagging program must have grown and provided lots of useful data. A great scheme to involve the children and teach them conservation and nature appreciation.

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  4. Loving all your pictures. Wherever you're at, it looks a bit tropical.

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  5. I didn't know butterflies could be tagged. Very interesting.

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  6. beautiful blooms. I always look to see if any of the monarchs I see have tags on them. none so far.

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  7. I have often wondered how the tags stay on the butterflies. They have that "powdery" covering.

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  8. I am not sure how you catch them to tag them. Do you use nets? I have a hard enough time getting one to sit still long enough for a photograph, much less to catch one.

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  9. Fascinating. I haven't ever known about tagging Monarchs. That passion flower is one I see often where I live. Has taken over the fence on the other side of my neighbor. I find studying those blossoms quite intriguing. I need to get my camera out and go for a walk. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. Wow!! I can't help but wonder how the Butterflies close their wings with the markers on them. I suppose 3M has figured it out.

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  11. Amazing shots of the flowers and butterflies. That flower in the 3rd picture is so delicate and beautiful.

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  12. That is so special about the butterflies! I to wonder how the tags stay on them? Thankyou for the gorgeous photos!

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  13. Imagine the tropics in Des Moines. Beautiful pictures and that is so interesting about tagging the butterflies.

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  14. Really enjoyed your lovely pictures. Catching and tagging butterflies sounds like fun. I bet your young helpers enjoyed it.

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