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Monarch Butterflies

I came across a large number of Monarch Butterflies while bicycling along a road in Southampton, Long Island this summer. The amazing thing that caught my eye was the number of Monarchs that were flying around and feeding on the flowery shrub along the road. There must have been over a 100 Monarch Butterflies feeding on the nectar of the flowers. The Monarch has black and orange wings with whites dots on the tips of its wings and on its head. There are also black veins running lengthwise down its wings. The pictures shown above are the butterflies I photographed this summer. Click on any one of them for a larger image. 

Monarch Butterflies are unique in the Butterfly kingdom because they only feed on the milkweed plant during its caterpillar or larval stage. The chemicals from the milkweed plant make the Monarch toxic to any predator that might want to feed upon it.  Monarchs are also unique because of their migratory patterns. They fly over 1,200 to 2,800 miles each year from northern states and California to Southern California and Mexico. They also make the return trip when warmer weather returns. They can fly over 20 miles in a single day. I saw this batch of Monarch Butterflies in August which is the start of their trek south from northern states. 

This butterfly is an endangered species because the change in climate which is happening due to global warming disrupts their habitats. The loss of habitat due to human causes such as over development in rural areas also hurts the lifestyle of the Monarch. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service shows the migratory patterns of the Monarch on maps on its website along with other interesting information of this unique butterfly. 

 

 

 

 

Imperiled Species Plan

American Oyster Catcher

American Oyster Catcher

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released it’s new conservation plan needed to protect species of wildlife that are endangered or threatened. The new plan which lists 60 species of birds, animals, reptiles and fish is meant to be more pro active in protecting and increasing the numbers of endangered wildlife in Florida. Species such as the American Oystercatcher pictured above will be protected from hunters and poachers and also have their habitat evaluated by FWC. Wildlife habitats are areas in which birds, animals and other types of wildlife make their home, nest and forage for food. Habitat destruction has been the number one reason why species decline in number. Wildlife lose their habitat by natural causes such as floods and fires but also by man made causes such as clearing and development of the land. You can learn more about the 60 species of wildlife which have been put on the new list and actions that will be taken by FWC at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Website.