Our Blog on All (our) Things Pollinators and Prairies

February 5, 2019

Fair warning: This post might offend those with a more delicate disposition than my own. Outrage brings out my Jersey longshoreman lexicon, and I can’t bring myself to apologize for that right now.

So, The National Butterfly Center property in Mission, TX, has been inva...

December 31, 2018

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A while back, a friend mentioned a woman in Mabel, MN, who was a strong advocate for monarch butterflies, and that I should get in touch with her. I stored the info in my sometimes-muddled -- no, wait, altogether-too-often-mudd...

November 21, 2018

I've had a bad year for a number of reasons--mostly family health-related. It's kept me from maximizing my "pollinating life." It can end now, this damn year. I couldn't be more okay with that.

As you can see, we had a pretty good year for monarchs, though. We only rais...

June 12, 2017

I haven't posted in months, and I have a myriad of valid reasons and poor excuses.  I'll try to be concise and coherent in my attempt to catch up.

First of all, it hasn't been particularly pleasant weather-wise around here.  First it was cold and rainy - for days.  Th...

April 14, 2017

Look at this breathtaking little critter that was flitting around our property today.

If it understands English, it knows that it is as welcome as any bug that ever flew.  I kept babbling to it how happy I am that it's back and how I couldn't be more thrilled to see it....

March 14, 2017

An acquaintance, who was game to check out our website, commented to me that my blog (particularly the one about our lawn/soccer field) “was kind of sarcastic.”

“Yes,” I responded, “and your point is...?”

My husband thinks it may be this sardonic sense of humor that...

February 3, 2017

After hours of research online and in stores, we've finally made some equipment purchase decisions. If all goes well, we'll be opening the store soon. We plan to start with shopping totes, produce bags, plantable note cards, habitat signs, and handmade pollinator-theme...

December 28, 2016

Now, who would think that New Orleans – the city known for its jazz, boisterous crowds and spicy seafood – harbors numerous areas of natural beauty and quiet distraction?

In early December, we four prairie dogs (Robin and Shannon, Jerry and I) headed south in search o...

October 13, 2016

The Monarchs are all gone. We released the last one on 10/7. Look at this sad sight:

Before                                                                        After...

September 23, 2016

Ok, it's officially fall now, and closing in on time to seed our prairie-to-be. Unless you've been away to another planet, you've probably heard about the persistent rains recently in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. "Relentless downpours" would better describe the weath...

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