Here come the videos for Earth Day Event in Shell Lake, WI 2011

Monarch caterpillar two days after 100 mph storm
Monarch caterpillar two days after 100 mph storm

Jennifer Barton, environmental specialist, sent me two videos today that she was able to create on YouTube. I am learning more technical skills daily. I wish I had a way to add email addesses from my computer to any of the sites I am Blogging on but my computer was set up to do no such thing. I can’t share my contacts outside of my own system. This makes it difficult to add friends to new sites. Perhaps someday!

Shell Lake, WI

 This is an announcement about my book My Name is Butterfly getting published with Cassie and her mother Tanya Thompson as live models at

Now listen to the New Editions Band who played voluntarily at the event. We are grateful to our many friends.

The Earth is a better place because of all of you. It is a transformation in process when one learns that it is not about one’s self. It is about the collective subconscience and how we all work together in an ancient hive of sustainability and collaboration.

Purchase the books Monarch of the Butterflies and My Name is Butterfly on Amazon.

Source: Jennifer Barton is an Environmental Specialist with Northwest Regional Planning, Recycling Department.

I’m out on a limb

I have been thinking about learning a method of removing photos from my hard drive and transferring photos to an online site. The reason being is that now that I have bought a new camera, Nikon L120, I will be experimenting more with photography and don’t want to store more photos which are turning my computer into snail service. I mean really! The massive digital library is slowing my computer down…..

Well the program I choose is Google’s Picasa. I really don’t know what I am doing but I hope bit by bit I will learn the system and how to transfer photos to my Blog on WordPress. Here’s a go where one photo file is being stored.  These are some of the photos of the Storm on July 1 and aftermath on July 3. I called it Storm Reflections. So far this file are stored at

Now I will check this site to see if it is actually possible to open the photos. OK the photo file does open and you can view the photos for this blog there.  Please have patience with me. I am a senior of 66 years old and learning technology doesn’t come easy to this elder.

I can even view the photos using slide show. But how do I upload a photo from Picasa to this page? Hummm! This is still a mystery. If anyone out there knows, please comment. Perhaps I can learn through the new Eaarth global kindred community. The old way as far as I am concerned is gone! re: Call a techie. I used to be able to do this but now I have to knock on Heaven’s door.

SOS: New Eaarth by Bill McKibben.  The founder of is the author of Eaarth. We are already forming new tribes with community like minded friends wherever they are in the Universe. It’s exciting to be part of growing large network which is according to McKibben “making a life on a tough new planet.”

p.s. Read my post on the photo site. This will give you an idea of what transpired with nature after the storm.


After the storm landscaping decisions

I have made a conscious decision to plant the property with native habitat after Minong suffered a straight line wind and rain storm on July 1. It could have even been a tornado for all we knew. My life span isn’t long enough to see tall red pines grow again. At least I have a rescued spruce on the back property and it is a joy to my heart to see it growing. I hired Sharon Tarras to draw up an edible landscape design for me. Sharon designed a large butterfly garden on the front property which will decrease my mowing substantially. You see my little redwood house sits on a 1/2 acre in the village. The back property is already being converted to native prairie habitat. The next step will be to implement native shrubs along the southern border that will act as a privacy screen from a driveway and building next door. It will take a few years for it to grow tall enough to give me and wildlife some shelter but I am moving forward with this intention.

I have added the following information to the National Butterfly Association Web site: “The weather is getting colder and has dropped to the low 40s over the past few nights. I was stunned to see a Monarch Butterfly yesterday, Sept. 20, 2011, thinking that the butterfly should have been on its way south to Mexico by now. I hope it will have time to fly out of northern zone.”

Also saw a sulphur, a tiny (1 inch) American copper and a cabbage white. It was warm yesterday and in the high 70s. Today is in the 40-50 degree F. range. The chrysalis was found empty after the straight line storm on July 1, 2011. A monarch was born after a raging wind storm of 100 mph. The bench it was on was under a downed red pine tree. A kind logger was able to gently get the bench out and the chrysalis lived and a monarch was born.

I am reading Bringing Nature Home, by Douglas W. Tallamy. I already know how important native habitat is. I am the executive director of a nonprofit environmental education organization and public charity. Happy Tonics created a Native Remnant Tallg

American copper
American copper
rass Prairie in Shell Lake that is dedicated as a Monarch Butterfly Habitat.

Photo: American Copper copyright Duke University from Google image Picasa photo program