monarchs

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Dan Schutte is a self-professed insect enthusiast and fan of native plants, and those passions have led to his interest in monarch butterflies, their migration and how perilously close they are to extinction.  His wife, Kristen Pless, is an artist interested in historic processes for photographing developing, and together, they will be opening Kristen's exhibit,  Monarchs: Photographs from the Reserves, this Saturday (6/11) at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

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Tom Kasper reminds hardy gardeners about the two big gardening events on the way: the Monarch Butterfly Festival this Saturday (May 21) and the Duluth Garden Flower Society's Annual Plant Sale the following Saturday (May 30.)

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A Save the Monarch Festival is winging its way to the Northland May 21st ... and Tom Kasper is already encouraging gardeners to make preparations (whatever they might be) for the Duluth Garden and Flower Society's Annual Plant Sale, May 28.

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Who is that happy bearded man sitting in a patch of goldenrod?

Chances are, it's author and naturalist Larry Weber.

(Oh, and don't get him started on goldenrod being blamed for the allergens of ragweed!)

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It turns out that the same kinds of habitat that benefits endangered pollinators like monarchs and bees are also good for pheasants.  And even though we're a little north and east of the prairie grassland that all three prefer, David Lood, youth events coordinator for the St. Louis/Carlton County Pheasants Forever chapter says the habitat restoration projects kids are working on educates them about the natural world and gets them outside.