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HOW TO BUILD A BUTTERFLY BOMB!

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This is a weapon that could change the world. It’s small, inexpensive and easy to conceal. Now if anyone at CSIS, the RCMP, CIA or NRA is monitoring this blog…relax, because discharging it in public wouldn’t harm any living creature. What it would do though, is save millions of lives…Monarch Butterfly lives.

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The Monarch is in trouble throughout North America. Illegal logging, use of pesticides and herbicides, habitat loss and the misunderstanding of its only host plant, Milkweed, have led to its present state.

The solution is the milkweed seed bomb: a golf-ball-size grenade of dirt, clay and seeds that might just help salvage one of the most magnificent—and recently, most endangered wildlife migrations on Earth.

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Each year, millions of monarchs embark on a trek that spans the length of an entire continent, from Mexico to Canada—a distance of 2,400 miles. On the way north, the monarch population cycles through four generations. Going south, a single “supergeneration” makes the long trip.

Guerrilla gardeners have been launching milkweed seed bombs into vacant or dilapidated urban lots for years. And HFBF is taking up the cause with Audrey Armstrong leading the way. As well as learning how to nurture monarch butterfly populations by growing your own easy to maintain monarch way station garden, she’ll have you making seed balls, looking for monarchs, eggs and larvae along the Lake Huron shore and visiting local way stations.

Butterfly Bombs are easy. Make a tiny mud pie out of dirt, clay, and milkweed seed—making sure to use seeds that are native to your area and haven’t been treated with any kind of pesticide. Then just play a little game of patty-cake to shape the pies into projectiles, let them dry for a bit in the sun, and lob the mud globs onto any patch of land that makes sense (just make sure your respect private property). The Monarchs will thank you. Really.

A13 – MONARCH FRIENDLY HABITAT – Saturday, May 28– 9:00 am

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An active presenter with the Monarch Teacher Network, Audrey Armstrong leads workshops about the monarch butterfly, habitat development and Voices From the Land (engaging children and adults with art through nature, language and drama) throughout Canada and the USA. She taught with the Bluewater District School Board for 25 years and now embraces the opportunity to travel, hike, ski, bike, canoe and explore this wonderful world. Audrey will teach you how to nurture monarch butterfly populations by growing your own easy to maintain monarch way station garden. Following a slide show in the morning, the afternoon will be outdoors, making seed balls, looking for monarchs, eggs and larvae along the Lake Huron shore and visiting local way stations.

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Registration available online now!

http://www.huronfringebirdingfestival.ca

Registration inquiries: birdfest@rogers.com

or 519-389-6231

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