I didn't go out today for the holler walk, so I'm just reporting on what I can see from my window. Around mid-afternoon, both phoebe parents started bringing food to the nest. I saw at least one chick during some of the feedings. I got some video but have not processed it yet...will post later.
Truthout had a couple of good Earth-related articles today. If it's stormy in your neck of the woods and you want to read, check these out:
Monarchs of Life (Tony Pereira)
Chip Taylor, biology professor at the University of Kansas, reports in his latest study that during this year's winter, monarch migration was 1/20 of its normal size, or down to 5 percent of its former glory. This may very well be the last year we see those magnificent beings engage in a most mysterious yearly migration that takes several generations to complete and covers up to 6,000 miles round-trip from central Mexico in early spring to Eastern Canada, in two or three generations, and back in the fall to Mexico to overwinter, in one single generation. Neither generation knows whether their parents were going or coming since they are long gone and dead, where they are supposed to be headed to, or where the final destinations are, but they always find the way to the same roosting places and trees, and back again. It is simply astounding!
Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions (Tory Field and Beverly Bell)
Native peoples’ efforts to protect their crop varieties and agricultural heritage in the US go back 500 years to when the Spanish conquistadors arrived. Today, Native communities throughout the US are reclaiming and reviving land, water, seeds, and traditional food and farming practices, thereby putting the culture back in agriculture and agriculture back in local hands.