March 15, 2015 – guns and butterflies


Notes for today: Rain. Rain and snow. Snow and rain. Snow. And windy. No birds sighted today. The dead raccoon, maybe 100 feet away from Post1192, is now exposed after being covered with snow for some weeks. Your dog may get a hankerin to wander over in that direction. These still curled up Common snowdrops, (Galanthus nivalis) were found just outside Fresh Pond Reservation.

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Link of the day: How Skyrocketing Gun Sales Are Helping To Conserve Butterflies “The Karner blue butterfly is a tiny thing, with colorful wings that extend just an inch across and a life that rarely wanders more than 600 feet from where it began. Its caterpillars can only eat wild lupines — a flower that’s become less abundant in the wild because of development and habitat fragmentation. As a result, the Karner was named an endangered species in 1992. But Karner blues are getting help from an unlikely source: gun sales.”

Book of the day: National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly “Butterflies are all around us. It’s hard to believe these majestic insects with impressive wingspans and beautifully colored and patterned wings were once creepy crawly caterpillars. How in the world does this transformation happen? This Level 1 Reader gives kids an up-close look at exactly how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. With bonus information including different types of butterflies and poisonous caterpillars, this reader is one of a kind.”

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Dog of the Day: Harvey

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Video of the day:

Hermit Crab vacancy chain, as featured in the ‘Home’ episode of Life Story, BBC1

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