Recent Posts for the 'Earth Day, Every Day' Category

The Monarch Effect: A Video to Watch for 8 Minutes

Friday, October 18th, 2019
I received this email on Oct. 16th and watched the 8 minutes video. It demonstrates that individuals can make a difference in preserving the migration of monarch butterflies. Please watch! (The posting occupies the whole page; no margins.)
Environmental Defense Fund <>
Oct 16 at 4:18 PM
The world’s tiniest racers have begun the world’s most epic annual relay race.

Each leg of the monarch butterfly’s annual 3,000-mile migration through North America is completed by a new generation.

For each butterfly, the journey is brand new — and dangerous.

Along the way, these butterflies face changes to the American landscape, combined with extreme and variable weather.

These challenges make it harder to find the nectar plants and milkweed that their offspring — the next generation in the journey — need to survive.

Now, you can join monarchs on their incredible journey from Mexico to Texas to the Midwest in a new VR180 experience.

Habitat loss is the one of the major driving forces behind shrinking monarch butterfly populations.

Because most of the land along the monarch’s migration route is privately owned, forging partnerships with the farmers and ranchers who work those lands is the best way to ensure a future for monarch butterflies.

As you explore the Monarch Effect in VR180, you’ll meet farmers and ranchers who are taking action to keep this majestic species from disappearing.

I hope you’ll enjoy this fun and eye-opening opportunity to see the world from a butterfly’s point of view.

Happy viewing,

Emily Stevenson
Manager, Online Membership

Fall, Falling, Fallen: The Leaves, They Are A’ Changin’

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Our High Holy Day prayer books are half prayers and the other half are poems, short essays, and comments by well-known and lesser known writers. One poem was entitled “Fall, Falling, Fallen” and I liked it so much that I “borrowed” it for this posting.

Supposedly, climate change has pushed back the normal times that leaves change here is the northeastern part of the US. But I seem to remember that in State College, where I used to live, the week-end of Columbus Day was when you could see “Flaming Foliage in the center part of PA, and then a little later here in the Philadelphia area. And our trees are just beginning to change, so not sure the climate scientists are correct about this, but some people have said the colors are showing later this year.

Some time ago I cut out a quote by writer George Elliot that was printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which mirrors my own sentiments exactly about fall, because my idea of a great vacation would be to start in Canada and follow the changing leaves as
the weather gets colder during the months of fall, catching “flaming foliage down the east coast to about Tennessee. Of course, I would take pictures at each stop to track the changes. What an ideal vacation!



….if I were a bird

I would fly about the earth

  seeking the successive autumns.


Below is one of the photos I took on the road a few days ago when the leaves were just starting to sparkle to the north of us. But there is still a lot of green. I hope to display more photos as the leaves change, or should I say emerge, since the reds, golds, and rusts are always there, but camouflaged by the intensity of chlorophyll that stops being produced as the temperature drops. I call all the colors a “fall rainbow.”