Released 56 Monarchs! Have 5 More on the Way!
As always, thanks so much for your support! There is so much good news to share!
On July 26, we sent an invitation to friends and neighbors, "You are invited to our Monarch "Coming Out" Open House...for the next two weeks!"
We also sent regular evening e-mail updates with how many monarchs would emerge the next morning. (By then, their orange and black wings and body show clearly through the chrysalis, and we can give an accurate count of the number that will emerge the next day.)
We have released 56 healthy monarchs so far, have 5 more chrysalises that will emerge in the next few days, and will soon be looking for more eggs! (We wish we had more, but some of the caterpillars we collected became sick or were infected with a parasite, so we disposed of them, sanitized their cages, and were grateful they had been kept in their own cage from the beginning, separate from the others.)
We've had dozens of people stop by, enjoy a monarch nursery tour, look for (and find!) caterpillars in the milkweed, and stand (or sit) in awe as monarchs emerged from their chrysalis in the garden. Leo also showed a series of short, AMAZING videos of an egg hatching next to the head of a straight pin (for comparison,) a caterpillar turning into a chrysalis, and a monarch emerging from the chrysalis. The videos were especially appreciated by those who came by on the few days we didn't have monarchs emerging.
We were also fortunate enough to have reporters from both the Bozeman Chronicle (http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/wildlife/emigrant-couple-working-to-boost-monarch-butterfly-population/article_e770c69a-62cd-5c32-886a-107ffd149b3c.html) and the Livingston Enterprise stop by.
We were featured in a two-part series in the Livingston paper: http://www.etypeservices.com/Livingston%20EnterpriseID420/ (Use two email addresses to sign up for two free trials, and check the archives for July 31st (front page) and August 3rd (Below the fold, front page)
We're especially excited that our neighbor sent the head gardener at Chico Hot Springs (http://www.chicohotsprings.com/) to check us out and is looking into planting milkweed on their property and offering an interpretive monarch presentation for their guests! :-)
Then we got a call from a 5th grade teacher in Livingston. Her team has about 100 kids, is excited to plant a Monarch Waystation, and is eager to have us come speak to their kids this fall. (Now we've got to put together a presentation aimed at 9-10 (?) year-olds!)
The journey continues! And YOU helped make it possible!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Dorothy & Leo