Eco Adventure in Wisconsin – 22 March 2010

Hello Insectamonarca friends,

This morning it was quite chilly with a high wind. 

Woodland with haying field

The land of Robins and woodlands

 First I heard the call of the Opichi, robin in Ojibwe, when I was outside looking at the rising sun in the East.  What a sight, I watched 15 of them fly by on the land I love.  They were headed towards the Staghorn Sumac for a tasty treat of fruit still clinging to the branches from last fall 2009. 

Then I walked down to the level land and saw abut 25 male Opichi who were puffed up and strutting their stuff.  The ladies will be along in about a week and each male robin will make a radius around him that is well-tended, including himself.  It will be up to the ladies to pick out their favorite tuxedo attired male partner.

Beautiful crocus

First bloom of spring.

I noticed the first flower of spring blooming near Pat and Sandy’s house in the afternoon of 22 March and it was this gorgeous crocus.

Be happy Insectamonarca friends where ever you are.

Event: Environmental Film Festival at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College March 11

Join us for the March Environemental Film Fest
LCOOCC, 13466 Trepania, Hayward, Wisconsin

LCOOCC James “Pipe” Mustache Auditorium
Thursday, March 11th, 2010
Lunch Available on Site @ 11:30am for $5 – Provided by LCO Elders Association
12:00pm  Speaker:  Dr. Damian Vraniak
12:30pm Film: “America’s Lost Landscape: The Tall Grass”
1:30pm Community Discussion – Advocacy to Action

Common Sunflower

Common Sunflower at Damian Vraniak's Prairie in Springbrook, WI.

Prior to Euro American settlement in the 1820s, one of the major landscape features of North America was 240 million acres of tall grass prairie, but between 1830 and 1900 the prairie was steadily transformed to farmland.  This change brought about an enormous social change for Native Americans.  The film creates a powerful and moving viewing experience about the natural and cultural history of America.  Loss of prairie and fragmentation is a loss of many species, plant, animal, and human. (57 minutes) 

Save the Dates for Upcoming Environmental Films and Sustainable Living Education!Thursdays –April 22nd and May 6th

For More Information Contact:  Amber Marlow – GIS Lab/ Rm 508 or @ 634-4790 ext 156

 

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