Crickets

Photo: Biodiversity Heritage Library (Public domain) Cricket = an insect related to the grasshoppers. The male produces a rhythmical chirping sound Also see: cricket (sport) Recommended Listeninghttps://www.abc.net.au/events/ozpod/ozpod-2018-striking-a-chord/10386688https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/god-39s-chorus-of-cricketshttps://soundcloud.com/acornavi/jim-wilson-crickets-audio Planeta.com

Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries

Photo: Marlene Ehrenberg, Monarch Butterflies Mexico – The country’s most visited protected area showcases a natural marvel and mark your calendar — butterfly season lasts from November to March. Sanctuaries in the states of Mexico and Michoacan open their tourist services to the public from November to March. These protected areas include Rosario, Chincua, Cerro …

Monarch Butterflies

Photo: USFWS Mountain-Prairie, Monarch on the milkweed The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae. Headlines‘A cause for worry’: Mexico’s monarch butterflies drop by 26% in yearHow a poisonous plant became breakfast, lunch and dinner for monarchshttps://qz.com/1480192/monarch-populations-in-the-us-west-are-down-86-this-yearEavesdropping on Monarchs – @robflute Center for Biological Diversity CampaignSave Western Monarch Butterflies#MonarchEmergency …

Bees

Photo: Christopher Gezon / Zion National Park, Honey Bee Bee = Insect with four wings that is related to the wasps, gathers pollen and nectar from flowers from which it makes beebread and honey for food, and usually lives in large colonies CelebrationsMay 20 is World Bee Day. Hashtag: #WorldBeeDay The date coincides with the …

Insects

Photo: Marlene Ehrenberg Enríquez, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Insect = a small arthropod animal that has six legs and generally one or two pairs of wings EssayWhile most nature travelers do not go out of their way to inspect the insects, it would be a far less interesting world without ants, bees, butterflies and the host …

Insect Apocalypse

Buzzwords Insect apocalypse = Sharp decline in the number of insects Headlines Is an ‘insect apocalypse’ happening? How would we know? The insect apocalypse is here – NYT Where have all our insects gone – The Guardian What’s Causing the Sharp Decline in Insects, and Why It Matters – Yale 360 Planeta.com https://www.planeta.com/insects Biodiversity Extinction

Soundwalks in Chicago

Soundwalk = excursion where the main purpose is listening to the environment. A perfect event to host or join for World Listening Day (July 18). Hello, friends in the Midwest. If you are in Chicago this week (June 23-25) the go-to events are the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks Soundwalks. For all ages – …