On a different note, DEMOS have started!!!!!! There has been some good turnout for the first two demos. Despite the rainy day and cold weather, people came today, though yesterday was nicer.
I did have a hard time today finding some monarchs for the demo, but Luann came to my rescue at the "triangle garden." It was a meeting of fate as our two cars approached the garden from opposite directions. The clouds steadily sighed heavy drops of rain on my car, me, and all life-forms in its reach. Monarchs + Rain = "magic disappearing act". I was desperate to find one more monarch, having only one in my possession. I had just canvassed two of the usual monarch hang outs, but these spots were a bust, and here I was, facing an unknown vehicle at my last place to look just minutes before the demo. Out of the car came a woman donned in a soggy rain jacket. She approached me and cheerfully told me she had a monarch in her car. I tried to mask my confusion as I racked my brain for her identity, but she must have read it on my face because she introduced herself as Luann, my monarch assistant for the day. Ah! What a RELIEF to have some help! We were two crazy monarch huntresses and we went to work hunting monarchs in the rain! Luann, THANK YOU, and I will forever remember our meeting by the garden in the rain, ready to stalk and capture just one-more-monarch!
|Birder Paparazzi in the CMBO parking lot|
Thank you to Chris and Luann and Mike today for helping me with the Monarch Demo! And thank you to all who came. And thank you for those reading this blog!!!
I'm off to pupate for the night!
MMP Field Technician