Butterfly Predictions 2012: Historic Low Monarch counts, Wildflower Bounty, Butterflies Year-Round, a Blow For GMOs

Four butterfly predictions for 2012: Historic low Monarch counts at the roosting spots, bounty of wildflowers in Texas, year-round butterflies and outsmarted GMOs (genetically modified organisms)… Read More

Happy Winter Solstice! Celebrate with Seedballs, a Recipe, and Step-by-Step Directions on How to Make them

Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making seed balls! It’s easy, fun, and good for the planet. Plus, it reminds us of making mudd pies. Included in this post: the Texas Butterfly Ranch Seedball Recipe and step-by-step directions on how to make them.… Read More

Mission Reach Improvements on San Antonio River Spell Good News for Naturalists, Will Result in More Butterflies

Beyond the Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk: The Mission Reach restoration of the San Antonio River on the City’s south side bode well for nature lovers and butterflies. Hike, bike and paddling trails, bird and butterfly watching, four missions and centuries of history all invite visitors. C’mon down.… Read More

San Antonio River Walk Boasts Vibrant "Butterfly City" Along Museum Reach as Butterfly Wildscape Matures

The Museum Reach of San Antonio’s famous River Walk sports a vibrant “butterfly city” and well-researched inspiration for those planning a butterfly garden at home or a butterfly wildscape. The improvements bode well for more butterflies flying in San Antonio and South Texas.… Read More

Monarch Butterflies Arrive in Michoacan, Mexico, Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Give me a “gracias” and a happy Thanksgiving! Monarch butterflies arrive in Michoacan, continuing their migration which has endured for millennia. … Read More

In the Butterfly Garden, Part II: Transplants and Seedlings to Make a Vibrant Butterfly Garden in Downtown San Antonio

The turf-to-bed conversion continues as we begin to transform a drought-damaged downtown San Antonio yard into a butterfly garden. Favorite host plants will be transplanted from Austin, we’ll buy several new plants in the spring and plan our seedling strategy for early January. Read all about it, and let us know if you have questions.… Read More

In the Butterfly Garden: Use Solarization to Convert a Drought Damaged Lawn into a Vibrant Butterfly Garden

Front yard struck by the drought? Grass looking a little dead? Perhaps you should consider solarization, an easy, chemical-free method of converting your dead, water guzzling grass to a glorious butterfly garden. Check out our step-by-step approach for a turf-to-bed-conversion.… Read More

State of the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Two Minutes: Thank you, Mike Quinn of Texas MonarchWatch

Austin entomologist Mike Quinn of Texas MonarchWatch succinctly summarizes the impact of the Texas drought on the Monarch butterfly migration for KXAN TV news in Austin.… Read More

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