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Today I planted about a dozen daffodils in the prairie garden.  These were a gift from my father, leftovers from his big bags of bulbs for naturalizing.   

My birthday present -- a big bundle of various bulbs -- has not yet arrived.  It claims to have shipped, though.

The blackberry lilies are going to seed.  A few thistle blooms remain, but mostly the thistles are clouds of fluff now.  The frost asters are blooming.  The prairie garden is all over goldenrod, taller than I am and swarming with insects.  
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For the past several days, I've been watching a praying mantis hunt insects in my office.  While entertaining, this is not an optimum situation.  This afternoon, I managed to catch it and put it outside in the barrel garden. 

Just now, I spied another one and caught it.  As I stood up to take it outside, I found a third  staring at me from the top of my monitor.  Fortunately I am ambidextrous and successfully relocated it as well.  Hopefully that is all of them.  They are extremely valuable pest control and I want them outside where they can safely reproduce.

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At the current rate of loss, we have around 50 years of wilderness left.  O_O 
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This poem came out of the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, and [livejournal.com profile] cflute. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows the demifiction "Letter to a Super Hurrah" by [personal profile] alatefeline and "A Letter to a Young Fan from a Super Hurrah" by [personal profile] siliconshaman so read those first to understand the character dynamics.

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Water is life.  Protect it or die.  Here are some actions to support the Sioux protesters who are blocking a hazardous pipeline.  #11 -- Spread the word.
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This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and LJ user Book_worm5. It also fills the "teaching / learning" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] alatefeline, LJ user Ng_moonmoth, and the rest of their pool. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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 A friend of mine in the local insect club reminded me that now is a good time to put out butterfly feeders.  You can make nectar substitute, or just put out some overripe fruit.  Check your farmer's market for "seconds" that are damaged and sold cheap.
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Today we picked up branches and rolled logs to clear a path between the savannah and the driveway.  Then my partner Doug mowed through there and did some other parts of the savannah, but we're leaving the part that came up all Queen Anne's lace for the butterflies.

Also, HAZELNUTS!  For the first time, my hazelnut bush has little green nuts all over it.  :D 3q 3q 3q !!!  The purple and yellow coneflowers are winding down.
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This one is local to me, a new species of sedge has been named after a botanist at Eastern Illinois University. 

Bird Nests

Aug. 23rd, 2016 04:20 am
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 ... have gone through interesting evolution.  I am amused to recall a myth in which the Weaver Bird attempted to teach all the other birds how to build a nest, but they all quit before getting the whole lesson.
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This was the linkback perk for the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It is spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Book_worm5, LJ user Moonwolf1988, and LJ user Rhodielady_47. It also fills the "change" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to The Moon Door series.

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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

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This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "4F Response" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the details, some of which are spoilers. It's about a giant grove of quaking aspen, which scientists believe to be in distress. Since Pando is somewhere between tens of thousands and a million years old (!) it has necessarily survived a great many challenges, so we may surmise it has defenses we probably have not seen yet. I extrapolated from the chemical prowess of the plant kingdom to suggest one possible way plants might deal with herbivores they can't flee from is to kill them -- perhaps by direct poison, but also sometimes by assisting a common pathogen into a more deadly effect. Warning for threatened treelife and mass animal death. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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