June 19, 2013 at 11:20 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: Bumblebees, Butterfly Woman Publishing, Gateway Park, Mary Ellen Ryall, Native Bees, Natural Pollinator Habitat, Pollinator Partnership, Solitary Bees
Join in some Bee fun this summer.
Gateway Park, Natural Pollinator Habitat
Sheldon and West Street, Fitchburg, MA
National Bee Count
Saturday, June 22, 10 am to 12 Noon.
Learn why bees are important and what bees are found in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Bee Count will be recorded. Data will be sent to Pollinator Partnership, San Francisco, CA. The nonprofit will coordinate bee counts from around the country to obtain scientific information on bee health.
Bring a light weight chair or something to sit on, sunscreen, water, hat, pad and pencil.
If you are in the area, come on out and help pollinators, which are suffering a decline anywhere from 40 to 90 percent.
Mary Ellen Ryall
Photo copyright Cindy Dyer
June 16, 2013 at 9:59 pm (LCOOCC, Penokee Hills)
Tags: b, Bad River Reservation, Basket weaving, Ceded land, Conner Beulieu, Elder Melvin Gasper, Fishing, Frank Koehn, Future generations, Gogebic Taconite, Iron County forest, Iron Ore Mine, ironwood, LCO Harvest Camp, Mikey DeMain, Mke Simonson, Msuhrooms, Mushroom gathering, Paul DeMain, Penokee Hills, plant medicine, Tready of 1842, Wigwam, Wild onions
LCO Tribe Finds ‘Brand New Way’ To Protest: With A Harvest Camp
his article is being republished here. I am a graduate of LCO tribal college (LCOOCC). I have a great love for my Ojiwe friends and their struggle to keep traditional ways alive. The Harvest Camp is the best of this world where elders and youth can share and learn how to live traditionally.
I pray that Bad River and LCO can stave off the Iron Ore Mine which threatens fresh water feeding directly into 43 pure waterways that wander through Bad River Reservation, through other communityies out to Lake Sperior and are meant for all species. You can learn more about the Penokee Hill Iron Ore Mine in the news and on Facebook.
Credit Jennifer Simonson
Twelve-year-old Conner Beaulieu picks wild onions at the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp in Iron County.
The Lac Courte Oreilles tribe is trying a unique way to help stop the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokees: gathering wild onions and mushrooms.
The new LCO Harvest Camp is set in the backwoods of Iron County, right in the middle of the proposed mine.
Connor Beaulieu of LCO says he’s almost 13 years old and proud to show off this new camp.
“Right here, we’re just building a little wigwam right there and right here is where one of our campers are staying. A little farther back is where we’re building more campsites. Pretty nice here. Peaceful. I don’t know where this leads, but let’s explore!”
The five-acre camp is tucked away in an Iron County forest. There’s no cell phone service here, but there are campsites, trails, wigwams, a community kitchen and lots of young people. Twelve-year-old Mikey DeMain of LCO likes working at the camp.
Credit Jennifer Simonson
One of several wigwams being built at the LCO Harvest Camp. The camp is a unique form of protesting the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee range.
“Yeah. I helped ‘em make some wigwams, helped collect firewood and stack it. Think I’m going to hang out there a lot this summer.”
Mikey’s grandfather Paul DeMain says this is also an educational camp.
“You can learn about mushroom gathering, plant medicines, wigwam building. There’s ironwood up there. There’s basket weaving with birch bark. There’s people fishing. There are people doing all kinds of beautiful things and it is so healing. That’s ultimately what it was: The idea of, ‘How can we help mend our communities and come together?’”
This camp is on top of the largest iron ore body in North America with the potential to create hundreds of jobs. But Wisconsin tribes say it would destroy this pristine land.
“Some of us have given our whole lives to fight for the cause and stop mining.”
So this spring, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe Governing Council voted to designate this spot as a harvest camp. They have that right under the Treaty of 1842 — to hunt, fish and gather. The treaty ceded the land to the U.S. Government in exchange for that right.
LCO Elder Melvin Gasper says Native American harvest camps date back centuries, when tribes lived off the land.
“You start out with a spring camp or maple sugar camp. You will travel next to your fishing camp. Then you travel next to your harvest camp, for harvesting wild game and stuff for your winter. And then you have your winter camp. All of these were different harvest camps.“
And Gasper says there’s another reason. It’s to stop the mine.
DeMain says the mine would poison the Lake Superior and Bad River reservation watershed, so it’s time other tribes join the fight.
“If there are people from some indigenous nation who has relationships to the land up here who want to go camping up at Mount Whittlesey at Eagle’s Peak or on the crest and occupy the range, that’s up to them. What we’ve tried to do is establish a legal framework in which we can exist here and coincide with what’s there now and monitor the situation.”
DeMain says LCO is deliberately getting in the way of Gogebic Taconite, which is currently drilling exploratory bore holes.
“Bad River seems to be taking the brunt of the battle on this mining legislation and organizing it. Frankly, people get tired and they feel beaten up, so there are other tribes who are saying ‘How can they contribute to this way?’“
So, they’ve built this harvest camp. Elder Gasper says even as they pull wild onions from the ground, they are effectively occupying this area.
“Most definitely it is. They were asking us basically ‘How do you protest?’ This is a brand new way. It’s a peaceful manner in which we are using as a harvest area and showing what can be taken out of this and saved. Some of us have given our whole lives to fight for the cause and stop mining.”
Gasper says his ancestors sacrificed for him, now he’s doing the same for Mikey and Connor and future generations.
June 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm (Wildersoul)
Tags: Butterfly, Butterfly coloring, Wildersoul, Wordpress
Butterfly 5, feel alive!.
Take a look at Anasera’s butterfly art and other wildersoul creations on WordPress.
June 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm (Butterfly, Uncategorized)
Tags: grieving, loss of husband, Pink-edged sulphur butterfly, Widow
June 11, I was thinking today about my husband, (d 2010). I guess it is because our Wedding Anniversary is tomorrow, June 12. Today I was writing about the Sulphur butterfly in the Field Guide I am writing. While I was writing the description, I was having flashbacks to my own personal experience with one sulphur species.
It was years ago, while walking down a hill in Minong, WI, I saw a pink-edged Sulpher (Colias interior) get hit by a car while it was flying across the road. I immediately knew the butterfly couldn’t get out of harms way. A second later, there it was left on the road without a thought of concern by the driver, who probably never even noticed. I walked over to the butterfly and saw it was still alive, but permanently damaged. It could not fly. I picked it up and carried it down the hill. All the while I sang an honor song to the butterfly while it lightly tapped my finger with its beautiful pink feet. I couldn’t help but see how beautiful the butterfly was and it made me cry and again today. This is called grieving.
When we got down to the bottom of the hill, I walked over to a grassy area and said goodbye to my insect friend. I put her down in the grass. To this day I will never forget my bond with that butterfly. Later in the day, I walked back to the site and saw that she was gone.
I miss my husband too and the pink-edge sulphur comes to remind me that even in death we are still attached by an invisible thread connecting us to the cosmos.
Photo copyright Kathy Keatley Garurg, Butterflies and Moths Organization.
June 9, 2013 at 11:57 am (Canada, Cree Nation, Environment, ExxonMobil, Tar sands)
Tags: Canada Tar Sands, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Cree Nation, ExxonMobil, Mother Earth, YES Magazine
A Healing Walk through Canada’s Tar Sands Dystopia by Clayton Thomas-Muller — YES! Magazine.
Many of us are grieving for the Earth and what is happening to our beloved home, waters, land and natural resources. The Cree Nation lead by Clayton Thomas-Muller will walk across the Canada Tar Sands to pray for Mother Earth. It is a healing walk.
I have been following Clayton Thomas-Muller for a few years now and his vigilante voice to stop the Tar Sands in Cree Nation. Here is an excerpt from Yes Magazine article, “Highway 63 is the only road to Fort McKay Cree Nation, one of Canada’s wealthiest yet most polluted First Nations, where water needs to be trucked in daily to meet the community’s needs. The highway loops past vast human-made deserts in the form of tailings ponds wet and dry, and then past an archaic Suncor/Petro-Canada facility with black carbon-stained cracking towers that belch hellfire into the morning sky. The highway finally meets the junction that leads to Fort McKay and continues onward past the industrial metropolis that is Syncrude, Canada’s largest tar sands operator, operated largely by ExxonMobil.”
We can put our hearts with the Cree Nation and Mother Earth and walk to heal her and ourselves at the same time. I recently read a powerful essay on the subject of grieving for the loss of the commons by Ellen Friedman http://www.commonsparkcollective.org/
I hope you will find you are part of the solution and why we are working so hard to protect the Earth from the onslaught of destruction.
May 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm (Books, China, Natural Resources)
Tags: Billions of people, Capitalism, Craig Simmons, Edward O. Wilson, Jason Graham, karen oberhauser, Monarchs in the Classroom, Technology, The Devouring Dragon, The Future of Life, The poor, United States, Univ. of FL, Univ. of KS
The Devouring Dragon
The Devouring Dragon by Craig Simmons is a gripping account of what the future holds if the developing world plays on the same playing field as the United States. China with its billions of people see the Madison Avenue coke soda ads and what it too.
I’ve been thinking about natural resources and as an elder, with an expected longevity beyond my parents time that means I would be using more natural resources for possibly an extended life. This is not good when you think of how many of us there are.
It is reasonable to think that with billions of people needing natural resources, there will be a great strain on the natural world to provide raw materials to house, cloth and feed more people than ever before.
What is going to happen? Edward O. Wilson wrote in The Future of Life, “The juggernaut of technology-based capitalism will not be stopped. Its momentum is reinforced by the billions of poor people in developing countries anxious to participate in order to share the material wealth of the industrialized nations. But its direction can be changed by mandate of a generally shared long-term environmental ethic. The choice is clear: the juggernaut will very soon be either chew up what remains of the living world, or it will be redirected to save it.”
Many of us are on the side to save it. I wish so for governments of all nations. Native nations, environmentalists, citizen scientists and scientists are teaching and trying to reach the masses in order to educate the public about the preciousness of natural resources. I teach on the wings of a butterfly. Jason Graham teaches about building natural nests for native solitary bees. Karen Oberhauser teaches about Monarchs in the Classroom and Journey North. There are countless others.
We simply can’t put our heads in the sand. We must plant seeds of wisdom in the hopes of regeneration of the earth.
Simons, C. The Devouring Dragon (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2013).
Wilson E. O. , The Future of Life (New York: Vintage Books, 2003), 156.
May 28, 2013 at 11:36 am (Conservation)
Tags: Alejandro Frid, Biology, conservation, ConservationBytes, Ethics, Pacific pipeline, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Bee graphic ConservationBytes
Conservation hypocrisy. I am so proud of Alejandro Frid for declining to take a position with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, which would track a new Pacific pipeline. The emission levels from the pipeline would cause more harm in the atmosphere, beyond dangerous levels already.
Bravo for ethics. It is not easy to say No to Giants. http://conservationbytes.com/
May 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm (Museums)
Tags: Worcester Art Museum
Worcester Art Museum – Silent Gardens.
I have been offered two complimentary tickets for the Worcester Art Museum. Looking at some of the exhibits by Internet, I am intrigued.
May 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm (Sanctuary)
Tags: Birds, Butterflies, Native Plants, native seed, Pollinators, Ryan Conner, seed saving, Wild Butterfly Habitat, Wild edibles, wildflowers
Our Lady of the Woods
Ryan Conner, Happy Tonics Volunteer in Hayward, WI has a native habitat in his front yard. A few years ago, he decided to stop mowing. Bravo!
A visit to tranquility
This past winter Ryan sent me some seed that he gathered from his own property. I am implementing a Wild Butterfly Habitat, on Ashby West Road, Fitchburg, MA. It is on family land and private.
RYAN’S NATIVE SEED:
Asclepias syriaca common milkweed
Desmodium canadense Showy tick-trefoil
Echinacea pallida Pale purple coneflower
Ratibida pinnata Gray-headed coneflower
Rudbeckia laciniata Green-headed coneflower
Solidago speciosa Showy goldenrod
I also bought seed packages for the following plants that were also scattered.
Nepeta cataria Catmint
Aguilegia canadensis Columbine
Artemisia caudatus Love lies bleeding
Artemisia tricolor Joseph’s coat
Monarca media Monarda
Ecinacea purpurea Purple conflower
Helanthus spp. Sunflower
Ryan Conner proudly stands next to his Conservation Star Home Award sign.
I won’t look for instantaneous results. I have found that native seed sprouts when conditions are compatible to its growing needs. Sometimes seed can lay dormant for years before it emerges. We will see as time develops what takes.
In the meantime, I have put up a driftwood recycled birdhouse. This week another fanciful bird house for my sister’s grandchildren, a small shrine for for La Senora de Guadalupe and a wildflower wood-chime will be placed at the habitat.
Beauty is ethereal
My sister Ronnie already thoughtfully brought a chair up to the habitat for me. It is set in the cool of the pine grove. She also planted ground cover succulents in an old wooden log that had the center eaten out by some critter. Each touch we add will offer refuge to me. There is a reason for this. My life is centered on living a purpose driven life. It is busy with speaking tours, leading restoration gardens, implementing pollinator habitats, teaching environmental classes and writing my third book. I simply need a place of refuge where I can unwind and listen to the wind. Here I do ceremony for water and communicate with the Creator’s natural world, which renews me. I love it so.
May 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Rotary Club)
Tags: Fitchburg MA, Fred Cochrane, Mary Ellen Ryall, Rotarian, Rotary Club
WELCOME TO ROTARY! - Dennis led the Pledge, Bill led us in song and Dr. Joe did our invocation. Francis Mercandante, Alice Addante, Judy Reymonds and Mary Ellen’s sister Ronnie joined us today. WEEKLY RAFFLE: Mary Whitney was our winner today. CALENDAR DRAWING(S) Linda Largey sold by Sharon, and Ellie Doucette sold by Dr. Joe. Visiting Rotarian; Dr. Gilley.
AG Jim Fusco did our Installation of our two newest members; Mary Ellen Ryall and Fred Cochrane. A Warm Rotary Welcome into the Rotary Club of Fitchburg