From 10 acres of winter habitat in Mexico, monarchs have now expanded across 1 billion acres of breeding habitat. Reaching Massachusetts this past week, they are moving slowly. They have to reproduce along their journey northward. They were 3 weeks late arriving in the central breeding area. You can track them on this Citizen Observer migration map. I haven't seen once since late July, 2014. They simply didn't make it far enough north.
We have a ton of milkweed plants growing, lots in the garden (lower left!).
Mission Monarch is looking for public input about milkweed locations and monarch sightings.
WalkiesHubby took Annabelle walkies when the other two were sleeping. I followed them down
to the dock, on the vernal frog pond, which is drying up rather quickly. The water is down about a foot. The smaller frogs have morphed into frogs, while the bullfrog tadpoles are still working on their two-year process! They'll have to hurry as the pond might dry up, again, as it did in the drought of 2012, when we lost our Monarchs.
We have a ton of milkweed growing.
I took Daisy for a walk Sunday. Annie and Dorah stayed at home. Everyone is loving the broken tree trunk. First, Dorah took me on a walk.
Fallen treeJB took Annie down Tuesday, I took Daisy down the day before! They know not to go with Daisy, as she is jealous and bullies them. I love the light and shadows in the deep forest. We have clouds, just no rain.
CatsDorah needed to come in. NOW! Poor Dorah. Her face looks awful with tick bites.TICK COUNT 2016 = 68, with Daisy accounting for 44 ticks removed, Dorah = 23! They are all larvae, which means a massive tick population by the fall. I will hope for a deep, cold winter to kill them off!
On Saturday, June 12, we had 4 mm rain (not nearly enough), everyone was in the living room having a catnap. There was much grooming, as well!