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September 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm (Monarch butterfly, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Shell Lake, Wisconsin)
Tags: biodiversity, Eco adventure, Environment, Happy Tonics, Mary Ellen Ryall, Monarch butterfly, Monarch Butterfly Habitat, Native Bees, Shell Lake, Wisconsin
March 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm (Monarch Butterfly Chatbook - Epilogue)
Tags: Assisted Living Facilites, biodiversity, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Brownies, Children at home, Children hospitals, Cub Scouts, Future generations, Garden Clubs, Gardeners, Girl Sc, Less time outdoors, Master Gardenrs, Monarch Butterfly Chatbook - Epilogue-, monarch migration, Monoculture crops, Native gtrasses, Native Perennial Host Plants, Nature Deficit Disorder, Nursing Homes, Plant, School, Science, wildflowers
You will learn by studying the monarch butterfly that we need to take care of the littlest of creatures and the plants that sustain them. Plant native perennial host plants, wildflowers and grasses that promote biodiversity. Science has learned that monoculture crops can cause harm to pollinators. When we create a butterfly garden of plants that sustain the monarch butterfly, in return the butterfly gives us beauty, a sense of wonder and regeneration of the Earth.
I have seen many monarch butterflies come and go during my 65 years. I hope you too will be blessed by seeing monarch butterflies in your own lifetime. This book was written with adults and teachers in mind. Share the pages with children at home, school, Boys and Girls Clubs, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and at children hospitals. You become the teachers now. Teach the children well.
It is important to stay connected with nature all through our lives. Recommend this book to home gardeners, Master Gardeners, garden clubs, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Americans of all ages are suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder. People are spending more time indoors and losing a connection with the natural world. We are putting future generations at risk of being deprived of nature that supports life on the Planet Earth. We won’t be given a second chance. It is time to think beyond ourselves and protect the monarch butterfly migration for future generations.
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March 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm (America's Great Outdoors Initiative, Biodiversity, Bombus affinis, Bombus ternarius, Book, Conservation, Corporate Farms, Earth Day 2011, Elaine Evans, Farming, George Radnovich, Happy Tonics, Hayward WI, Invertebrates, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Lincoln Brower, Mary Ellen Ryall, Native Bumbee Bee, Nature Attention Deficit Disorger, President Obama, Robert Louve, USDA, World butterfly conservation, World Wildlife Fund)
Tags: America's Greatn Outdoors Initiative, biodiversity, Bumblebees, Canada, climate chage, colony collapse disorder, conservation, Earth Day 2011, Endangered migration phenomena, Franklin bumblebee, Incredible Journey of the Butterflies, Incredible Jourye of the Butterflies, Invertebrates, Lincoln Brower, loss of habitat, Mexico, Native habiat, Nature Deficit Disorder, NOVA, pesticide poisoning, Presdent Obama, Robert Louve, Rusty-patched bumblebee, The Last Child in the Woods, United States, University of FL, World butterfly conservation, World Wildlife Fund, WWF, Xerces Society, yellow-banded bumblebee
Earth Day is Every Day although many people don’t realize that we need to protect the environment for future generations.
Reason being, Nature is being assaulted on many fronts. Xerces Society founded by in 1971 is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The reality is honey bees are declining because of colony collapse disorder. According to Xerces Society, “Native bumble bees are also at risk like many plants and animals, bumbles are suffering from loss of habitat, pesticide poisoning, changing climates, and diseases that were introduced along with non-native bees. Western bumble bee, the rusty-patched bumble bee and yellow-banded bumble bee used to be very common, but their numbers have decreased by 96 percent and their range shrunk by as much as 87 percent.” The Franklin bumble bee of Oregon and CA is thought to be extinct.
In 2010 President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO) with the aim of developing an agenda for 21st-century conservation and helping Americans reconnect with our nation’s lands and waters.
According to Robert Louve, author of Last Child in the Woods, children are suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder. Xeriscape Council of New Mexico, President George Radnovich states that Nature Attention Deficit applies to adults as well as children because as a whole American society is losing interest in the natural world. The natural world can live without us but we cannot live without the natural world.
Loss of habitat in three countries Canada, United States and Mexico is the main concern for monarch butterflies. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced that the Monarch Butterfly Migration is at risk. According to WWF A well-preserved forest ecosystem in Mexico is critical for the survival of the Monarch butterfly wintering, which has been recognized as an endangered biological phenomenon, and the first priority in world butterfly conservation. There is also concern by Lincoln Brower, Professor Emeritus of Biology at University of Florida. Brower states in the NOVA film, “Incredible Journey of the Butterflies” that the monarch is facing an endangered migration phenomena. Monarch needs native habitat and biodiversity which are declining in the United States and Canada.
Farming which used to be run by families many of which practiced good land stewardship. Now farming is mostly run as Corporate Farms. Just like people, pollinators are poisoned by pesticides. The butterfly can’t find native nectar sources when large tracks of land are now being planted with monoculture crops. USDA is looking at the importance of pollinators. The USDA has acknowledged that we need more biodiversity if we are to have pollinators’ to produce many vegetable crops and fruit. In 2006, a Science report documented what appears to be a major decline in bees in England and The Netherlands (possibly a 30% loss in species richness since 1980), especially among specialist bees, and a corollary decline in wild plant species that require insect-pollination.
Elaine Evans, author of Befriending the Bumblebee, will be the speaker at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC), Hayward, WI, on April 13. Happy Tonics, LCOOCC, Web of Learning Sustainable Living Institute and the LCOOCC Library are sponsoring the event.
Earth Day Event 2011. Ken Parejko, author of Monarch of the Butterflies, will be the speaker. Parejko is a Professor Emeritus of Biology at Univ. of WI at Stout. He is well versed in the monarch butterfly and has pointed out that we need to protect pollinators for future generations. Plants are dependent upon pollinators. Did you know that butterflies are the second largest group of pollinators in the world after bees?
Happy Tonics, Inc. was founded in 1999 and has been involved in conservation work on behalf of the monarch butterfly and food safety issues ever since. Visit their Web site to learn more at www.happytonics.org
December 11, 2010 at 1:24 am (Butterflies, GoPetition, Happy Tonics, Insect Control, Insecticides, Insects, Mexican Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Mexico, Milkweed, Monarch butterfly, Native Crops, Native Habitat, Pesticides, Pollinators, Sign petition, USA)
Tags: biodiversity, Canada, Environment, GoPetition, Happy Tonics, Insect Control, Insecticides, Mexico, Pesticides, Pollinators, Sign Petition, USA
In Mexico there is illegal logging of Oyamel fir trees within the Monarch Butterfly Habitat. In 2010 according to Monarch Watch over 50 percent of the monarchs died due to mudslides, freezing rains and floods within and around the sanctuaries.
We promise to plant a variety of native crops and plants for pollinators and insect control. We promise to plant milkweed for the monarch butterfly to establish the next generation of butterflies.
April 5, 2010 at 10:48 pm (Brighter Planet, Bumble Bee, Climate change, Community gardens, Container Gardens, Environment, Grant, Happy Tonics, Mary Ellen Ryall, Monarch butterfly, Monarch Butterfly Habitat, Monarch Butterfly Host Plant, Native Bees, Native Habitat, Prairie, Shell Lake)
Tags: biodiversity, Brighter Planet, bumblebee, Community gardens, conflower, Environment, Grant, Happy Tonics, Monarch butterfly, Native Crops, organic gardening, VOTE
Our work is dedicated to helping the littlest of species the pollinating butterflies and native bees that need our help. We grow native habitat and crops to promote biodiversity which pollinators depend upon.
February 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm (Agriculture, Community gardens, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Happy Tonics, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College, Mary Ellen Ryall)
Tags: Ascestral food, biodiversity, Carvacrol, Central New York State, Corn silk, Corn syrup, Dent Corn, Diabetes, Flavonoids, Flour/Flint corn, Food Sovereignty, Green Bay, Happy Tonics, II Annual Winter Environmental Film Festival, Ireland, King Corn, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College, Landraces, Little Footprint Farm, Mary Ellen Ryall, Maysin, Medicinal conr silk, Mike Brenna, Native Crops, Oneida corn, Oneida tribe, organic gardening, Popcorn, Potato, Sweet corn, Syracuse, Tarahumara serape corn, Turtle Lake, Utica, Wisconsin
Yesterday Happy Tonics was a co-sponsor at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College’s Film Fest featuring “King Corn.” Mary Ellen Ryall, Executive Director of the nonprofit spoke about Oneida Corn, a tribal corn, that originated in New York State near Syracuse and Utica. The corn seed was gifted to the Oneida tribe to the west side of Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1992.
In 2009 Oneida corn was grown out by Mike Brenna of Little Footprint Farm, Turtle Lake, Wisconsin.
Mike told me that the Oneida Tribe in Wisconsin gave him some of the corn seed. He cherished the seed and only gave us three ears. I take one dried ear with me when I am lecturing.
Corn silk is medicinal and good for urinary tract infection. The dried silks can be added to soups and stews. Ayner Larson (originally from Turkey) told me the silks can be used in tea.
Phytochemicals: Maysin, Carvacrol, Flavonoids and Polyphenols make up some of the medicinal properties of corn silk.
Maysin helps protect the plant from bag bug larva such as European Corn Borer. What is good for the plant may be good for our own intestinal health.
Carvacrol may have antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral and anti-cancer properties when naturally distilled in liquid. If corn silks are in a liquid base such as tea, soup and stew, this will allow the phytochemical to release its essence into the liquid.
Flavonioids have antioxidant properties. Polyphenol also has antioxidant properties. Rather, they may affect cell-to-cell signaling, receptor sensitivity, inflammatory enzyme activity or gene regulation.
Food sources are more than just a question of eating. Are we conscious of what we eat? For example, Oneida corn is a life substance to the Oneida people. My ancestors came from Ireland and I am tied to the potato. Being connected to our ancestral food has an effect on our DNR. We are linked to our past through food.
King Corn points out that corn being grown today is often not for human consumption. Corn is grown to feed cattle in the concentrated animal feed operations. It is often grown as a byproduct called corn syrup. It’s in mayonnaise, ketchup, boxed food and soft drinks. Corn syrup is a processed product from a non food source. Diabetes is often caused by a diet of high corn syrup. The closer to the natural food source, the healthier we can be.
Happy Tonics display featured Tarahumara corn from a remote area of Sierra Tarahumara, Chihuahua, Mexico. Growing biodiversity of corn species can keep the landraces alive. There are more types of corn besides yellow sweet corn. Tribal people understand the importance of growing dent, flour, flint, popcorn and sweet corn.
Tarahumara serape corn tassels. Just look at the beautiful red striked tassels. This species is a Flour/Flint Corn. When dry, flints generally store better and have a great resistance to insect damage. The kernals can be toasted and ground and popped.
There is more to the corn story. Visit http://happytonics.org/mbr13b1.htm to read the Colonization of Maize by Mary Ellen Ryall.
Be happy insectamonarca friends where ever you are.
February 14, 2010 at 2:47 am (Agriculture, Brighter Planet, Climate change, Community gardens, Environment, Grant, Mary Ellen Ryall, Shell Lake)
Tags: Amazon, Awakening the Dreamer, biodiversity, Brighter Planet, Climate change, Community gardens, Dream Time, Grant, Happy Tonics, Misahualli, Napo River, Native Crops, Native Habitat, Shuar, the Pacamama Alliance
Hello Insectamonarca friends,
I just watched a video of the Shuar Indians of Ecuador who knew that their world was disappearing when the outer world started to invade the Rainforest. I lived in the Amazon along the Napo and Misahualli River in the late 1970s. Please learn more here at http://www.pachamama.org/content/view/262/97/
I am asking for your VOTE so that we can adapt to climate change with native habitat and community garden in Shell Lake, WI, USA. It is not that far away from Ecuador in the dream time. The Shuar say, “The North needs to change its dream.” Materialism is causing all kinds of harm to Mother Earth known as ”Pachamama” in South America. We need to start to grow our own local and organic food and protect and plant native habitat for all species be it plant or animals. Man cannot live without the natural world.
Please Sign Up and Vote for our Grant Proposal with Brighter Planet at http://brighterplanet.com/project_fund_projects/100
I won’t be blogging tomorrow so I am wishing you a Happy Sunday. Thank you for being part of our dream.
January 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm (Agriculture, Community gardens, Environment, Food Safety, Genetic Engineering, Growing Power, Happy Tonics, Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm, Soil, Sustainable Agriculture, Will Allen)
Tags: biodiversity, Food Safety, Food security, Food Sovereignty, FRESH, Great North Woods, Growing Power, Joel Salatin, local food supply, Mary Ellen Ryall, Native Crops, Polyface Farm, seed saving, Sustainable Agriculture, the movie, Will Allen
Just when we thought the global food battle was lost to genetic engineering (GE) in Washington, DC, along comes hope. I am thrilled to speak about the Good Food Movement.
The movie FRESH will be out this spring. Watch the movie trailer at http://www.freshthemovie.com/
Happy Tonics promotes the importance of local grown and organic crops and grass fed animals for dairy, poultry and meat.
FRESH the film is already marching forward in Wisconsin. You can view the film in Hayward, on January 31, at 2 p.m. at the Park Theatre. The film features Joel Salatin from Polyface farm, Shenandoah, Virginia, and Will Allen, of California’s Growing Power. Both of these extraordinary people have been instrumental in the Good Food Movement. Allen says,
“The Good Food Movement is now a Revolution.”
If each and every one of us can take this message home and practice it, we can change the global food marketplace one plate at a time. Remember Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Visit Will Allen at www.growingpower.org/blog
Visit Joel Salatin at http://www.polyfacefarms.com/
Let us know how we can work together to promote food sustainability in our own neighborhoods right where we live. Home is where the heart is. Let’s hear from yours.
Good day, Mary Ellen