Want to read the news about the Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake, WI? This where it all began a few years ago which seems like long, long time ago to the volunteers who made it possible. Enjoy the read at
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 1:30 pm (Monarch Butterfly Chatbook - Sunflower and Native bees)
Tags: bats, Butterflies, California, Crops, farm crops, Flowers, Fruit, garden, Herbicides, Insecticides, Kranklin's bumblebee, Larva, lawns, moths, Native Bees, Native Squash, Native Sunflower, Pollinators, Potatoes, Pumpkins, roadways, Species, Tomatoes, Xerces Society
SUNFLOWER AND NATIVE BEES
Bees are the number one pollinator and butterflies are the second most important pollinator in the world.
Pollinators are necessary to pollinate flowers, crops and fruits and include native bees, butterflies, moths and bats. It is harmful to use herbicides and insecticides on lawns, farm crops, along roadways and in the garden. Insecticides kill larva and adult insects including bees and butterflies. Herbicides kill weeds often eliminating biodiversity of native plants that pollinators need to survive.
Without pollinators, many of the world’s crop species would disappear. This could include foods such as native squash, potatoes, tomatoes and pumpkins. Only the native bumblebee pollinates potatoes and the bumblebee is being used commercially to pollinate tomatoes.
According to The Xerces Society, Franklin’s bumblebee is already threatened in California. There are hundreds of native bee species in the United States. Bees need a place to live and they need healthy pollen sources. Won’t you make your garden pollinator friendly? In return, native bees and butterflies will delight you by visiting your garden.
October 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm (Bumble Bee, Milkweed, Native Seed Saving, Native Tall Grasses, Native Wildflower and Butterfly Garden, Prairie)
Tags: Birds foot trefoil, Common milkweed, Native Bees, Native bumblebees, Native grass seed, Photography, Prairie, Showy asters, Staff Goldenrod, Tall bluestem, Yellow Sulphur Butterfly
Sunday, September 26, I stopped at the Monarch Butterfly Habitat to pick tall bluestem seed for a seed saving project. We want to offer online prairie friends the opportunity to buy a little of our native grass seed. We don’t sell seed by the pound or even by the ounce for that matter. When we ship common milkweed seed, the package contains 20-30 seeds. Tomorrow I will mail milkweed seed to Florida and Virginia. People are not greedy. They just want to help the butterfly by planting the host plant for the monarch.
As I strolled leisurely through the habitat, I saw at least a dozen yellow sulphur butterflies flitting about gathering nectar from periwinkle showy asters and yellow blooming birds foot trefoil. Among the stiff and showy goldenrod, I saw many species of native bees sipping nectar.
Summer may be over but the habitat is still alive with the activity of smaller species such as the insects which I saw in the warm sun enjoying the last days of blooming wildflowers. Soon a colder freeze will come and all life will go dormant to wait out the long cold winter.
I am enjoying these last few days of documenting and photographing the littlest of species that make our natural world complete.
April 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm (Monarch Butterfly Habitat, Monarch Butterfly Host Plant, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Native Bees, Native Habitat, Native Wildflower and Butterfly Garden, Uncategorized, Xerces Society)
Tags: Beekeeping, Bees, Bumble Bee, Butterfly quilt, dog, Dr. John Anderson, Eagle Feather Dance, earth, Earth Day, Ginger Wilcox, Happy Tonics, III Annual Earth Day Event, Inc., Lori Taguma, Mary Ellen Ryall, Native Bees, native wildflower and butterfly garden, Ojibwe, organic honey, Paul Schaefer, Pollinators, quilt, Rain, Sacred Tobacco, Thunderbolt Drum, tobacco, wolf, Xerces Society
BLESS THE EARTH AND ALL WITHIN
On 24 April 2010 Happy Tonics held the III Annual Earth Day Event in Shell Lake at the Native Wildflower and Butterfly Garden. This year it did not snow like it did in 2008 but it rained. Heaven smiled upon us in sending the rains in the 7th year of drought.
We all took a pinch of tobacco and offered our good thoughts along with tobacco to the Ojibwe birch bark basket. Then Dr. John Anderson offered prayers to the Creator in thanksgiving for the rain and we dedicated our ceremony ”To honor the bees.”
John taught the audience that man once honored all the four legged, finned and winged relatives. Somehow we have become disconnected. He gave an example of how the dog dances when he sees you return safely home. Every one with loving smiles looked at the dog he was speaking about. The four-legged one just listened intently to John speaking .
Ginger Wilcox gave a message as she held the sacred Eagle Feather. We need to protect and honor the pollinators. The Earth will survive without human beings.
Mother Earth knows how to protect herself. We must reconnect to Mother Earth and respect her so that human beings can survive too. We need to protect the butterflies, bees and native plants and stop destroying the natural world or there will be no natural resources for future generations.
January 31, 2010 at 4:07 pm (Agriculture, Brighter Planet, Bumble Bee, Climate change, Community gardens, Environment, Food Safety, Grant, Happy Tonics, Honey Bees, Monarch butterfly, Monarch Butterfly Habitat, National Geographic, Native Bees, Soil, Sustainable Agriculture)
Tags: Bumble Bee, Climate change, Community gardens, Happy Tonics, Insects, local food supply, Mary Ellen Ryall, Monarch butterfly, Native Bees, Native Crops, Native Wildflowers, organic gardening
Please take a minute to REGISTER AND VOTE at http://brighterplanet.com/project_fund_projects/100
Happy Tonics needs your VOTE to help us do our work. Officers and Board Members give of their time to educate and implement programs to adapt to Climate Change by promoting Sustainability of Native Plants, Monarch Butterfly and other pollinator habitat. Our mission is: Sanctuary for the Monarch Butterfly and Food Safety Issues.
We are a small grassroots nonprofit that needs your help to WIN our Climate Change Native Habitat and Community Garden Shell Lake grant proposal.
This is not Happy Tonics first attempt to bring Adapting to Climate Change into national awareness.
We were honored to participate in the Green Effect grant process with National Geographic sponsored by Sun Chips in 2009. Although other worthy causes won, we believe that each of us must do our part to bring the message of adapting to climate change home. (National Geographic, Green Effect Winning Ideas for a Better World, November 2009, insert after pg. 6.)
Won’t you help us now? Please SIGN UP AND VOTE at http://brighterplanet.com/project_fund_projects/100
January 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm (Bumble Bee, Honey Bees, Mary Ellen Ryall, Meadow, Monarch butterfly, Native Bees, New York City, Prairie)
Tags: Damian Vraniak, Dennis VanEngelsdorp, Meadow, Monarch butterfly, Native Bees, New York City, Remnant Native Tall Grass Prairie
Good news! New York City is turning heads. Here’s a an article about an old railroad bed that is now a garden. Bravo!
Happy Tonics did the same thing in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, USA. We created a Monarch Butterfly Habitat, a restored remnant native tall grass prairie, where once buffalo roamed and tall grasses grew. The habitat is alongside of an old railroad bed on a narrow strip of land, on one half acre. The railroad bed is now a trail for foot travel, bicycle and horses.
Dennis Van Engelsdorp spoke about the importance of helping the pollinators especially honey and native bees including the beloved bumble bee. He suggests letting meadows grow. You can view the video on our Blog re: A Plea for Bees.
Let’s get beyond the written world. I would love to hear from you and learn what you are doing right now to help Green Up your corner of the world. Let’s turn the abandoned wasteland into something beautiful as a Pay it Forward act of kindness for generations to come.