The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear
Jim Robbins writes in the New York Times about the critical role of insects and the harm we’re doing to them. What can we do?
Revers[e] the hegemony of chemically green lawns. “If you’ve got just lawn grass, you’ve got nothing,” said Mace Vaughan of the Xerces Society, a leading organization in insect conservation. “But as soon as you create a front yard wildflower meadow you go from an occasional honeybee to a lawn that might be full of 20 or 30 species of bees and butterflies and monarchs.”
One of my favorite TED talks: Paul Stamets on “6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World”
Fungi are so undervalued!
You will never be alone, you hear so deep
a sound when autumn comes. Yellow
pulls across the hills and thrums,
or in the silence after lightning before it says
its names — and then the clouds’ wide-mouthed
apologies. You were aimed from birth:
you will never be alone. Rain
will come, a gutter filled, an Amazon,
long aisles — you never heard so deep a sound,
moss on rock, and years. You turn your head —
that’s what the silence meant: you’re not alone.
The whole wide world pours down.
—William Stafford from Smoke’s Way (HarperCollins Canada / Graywolf Press, June 1 1988)
Art Credit: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Lane of Poplars at Sunset, 1884
The HERP project records the stories of North Carolinians’ experiences with nature in their Nature Chronicles.
Tell a story; leave a legacy. Nature Chronicles aims to document North Carolinians’ experiences in nature. Stories, told to friends, family, lovers, teachers and students, are recorded at The HERP Project’s Celebrations, and archived here on the Cyberhub to be shared with the general public.
On the left is American celery, and on the right is Chinese celery. Both were started in water on Monday afternoon, and those are leaves poking up in the center of both. I haven’t added anything to them, just changed the water each morning, and they aren’t near a good light source yet. All of the information that I could find indicated that the leaves would start to appear quickly, but I was still a little surprised! There is no root development that is apparent at the moment. I will continue to post as they grow…—Melissa