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published in Animals, Environment, Face the Future, Nature by Maryanne | April 20, 2017 | No Comment

This is the 6th and final blog in the Spring 2017 Face the Future blog series:

Plant Milkweed for the Monarch Butterfly

 

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

~Maya Angelou

Monarch Butterfly Numbers Down Again 🙁

The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released in February 2017.

The experts say the decline could be due to late winter storms last year that blew down more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico.

Millions of monarchs make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) migration from the United States and Canada each year, and they cluster tightly in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City. They are counted not by individuals, but by the area they cover.

Another problem has been the loss of milkweed—the plant monarchs rely on for food—in the United States and Canada, because of the increased use of herbicides and the conversion of land to development.

The loss of forests in Mexico and milkweed north of the border has proved devastating.

For further details, please click here to read the entire report.

What you can do…

Plant milkweed in your garden!

 

Why Milkweed?

In their early caterpillar stage, the monarch’s source of food is the milkweed plant (World Wildlife Fund). Butterflies will usually lay their eggs on milkweed plants so that once they hatch, the caterpillar can start feeding on the milkweed leaves. Once the butterflies turn into adults, they can start sipping the nectar from the flowers.

Where to Find Milkweed Seeds

One place you can order milkweed seeds on-line is through the Save our Monarchs website.

New Butterflyway Project Taking Flight


The goal of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project is to provide food and shelter for butterflies and bees by establishing a network of wildflower patches through neighbourhoods across Canada, starting in five cities in 2017.

This Mother’s Day, send the moms in your life a beautiful, original card. Your gift will help the Butterflyway Project welcome butterflies and other pollinators across Canada.

For further info on all things pertaining to milkweed and Monarch butterflies, please check out this link.

Face the Future is an on-line environmental awareness campaign that raises awareness about how and why individuals can lessen their environmental footprint one step at a time.

The 2017 blog series runs from Mar 24th to Apr 28th. To receive the weekly blogs via e-mail, here is the link to subscribe . Face the Future is an initiative of Pink Gazelle Productions Inc.  

published in Activity, Beauty, Environment, Face the Future, Inspiration, Nature by Maryanne | April 19, 2017 | No Comment

This is the 4th blog in the Face the Future 2017 spring blog series:

Getting Out into the Great Outdoors – Earth Play for Earth Day 2017

Maryanne & Sadie, Qualicum Beach, BC

“Kids who don’t get outside, who aren’t stimulated by their environment, won’t grow up with any motivation to protect our planet.”

– Earth Day Canada

Earth Day is Saturday April 22nd!

This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday and celebrations across the country are highlighting our great outdoors.

At a time when most children spend less than an hour per day outside, Earth Day Canada is asking everyone to “EarthPLAY for Earth Day 2017” by getting outside to connect to your nature!

Remember how you played as a child?

Did you spend a lot of time outside, building forts, climbing trees, inventing new games and getting your hands dirty, without any grownups interfering?

I sure did!

But according to Earth Day Canada, this type of play is rapidly disappearing from our world.

Why does Earth Day Canada care so much and why should you?

Because kids who don’t get outside, who aren’t stimulated by their environment, won’t grow up with any motivation to protect our planet. And kids who don’t connect to their inner nature through creative play won’t be as resilient as generations before them.

That’s why Earth Day Canada is dedicating this year’s campaign to outdoor play.

So whether you have kids or not, I hope you can get into the great outdoors on Apr 22nd and have some FUN while celebrating the beauty of nature 🙂

About Earth Day Canada

Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada is a national charity that inspires and supports people across the country to connect with nature and build resilient communities.

For further information, please visit their website.

Face the Future is an on-line environmental awareness campaign that raises awareness about how and why individuals can lessen their environmental footprint one step at a time.

The 2017 blog series runs from Mar 24th to Apr 28th. To receive the weekly blogs via e-mail, here is the link to subscribe . Face the Future is an initiative of Pink Gazelle Productions Inc.  

 

 

published in Animals, Environment, Face the Future, Inspiration by Maryanne | April 7, 2017 | No Comment

This is the 3rd blog in the Face the Future Spring 2017 blog series:

Wild Thing – Take a Walk for Wildlife on Apr 12th

 

“Wild thing, you make my heart sing
You make everything groovy, wild thing
Wild thing, I think I love you.”

– The Troggs, “Wild Thing”

National Wildlife Week 2017 is April 9th to 15th

And what better way to celebrate than heading out into nature on Wed Apr 12th…and do the wild thing 🙂

“Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished.”

– Lao Tzu

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s “Walk for Wildlife” is a national campaign that encourages all Canadians to get outside and experience the wildlife and natural spaces that define Canada.

There are currently 700 species of plants and animals at risk of being lost forever from Canada. They’re disappearing from our oceans, lakes, skies and landscape due to habitat loss, disease, climate change and unintentional mortality (such as collisions with windows and cars, fisheries bycatch, and more).

By walking, you’re giving voice to the animals you love while helping to maintain Canada’s wildlife diversity for future generations.

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”

– Baba Dioum

When I head out for my hike on Apr 12th, I will be walking for polar bears and wolves…two animals near and dear to my heart.

 

 

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s mission is to conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats for the use and enjoyment of all.

Canada’s 150 year history has been inextricably tied to the natural landscapes, vast wilderness and diverse wildlife that define us internationally. These are the images most often associated with Canada and the sense of wonder people feel when immersed in nature.

How we connect to nature over Canada’s next 150 years will be determined by the efforts we take to #ConserveTheWonder.

During National Wildlife Week, the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s goal is to encourage people to get reacquainted with that feeling of wonder they got the first time they were awed by nature.

However you celebrate National Wildlife Week, share your experiences using #ConserveTheWonder as we share a vision of #NatureForAll.

“Look deep into nature,
and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein

Face the Future is an on-line environmental awareness campaign that raises awareness about how and why individuals can lessen their environmental footprint one step at a time.

The 2017 blog series runs from Mar 24th to Apr 28th. To receive the weekly blogs via e-mail, here is the link to subscribe . Face the Future is an initiative of Pink Gazelle Productions Inc.