It's April 18th and even the snowy Owls appear to be still in the area as the snow and cold keeps going. Starting next week a pattern shift starts in the weather and it looks to be the end of winter weather!!!.....Or is it??? In 1989 it snowed 8+ inches in early May!!
Interesting show on butterflies. A few years ago a large number of monarchs were at Front park. They were performing a air to air dog fight with each other. The loser had their wings shredded, they also chased other insects and small birds. Later learned they can be quite aggressive in nature.
All though you see non native species in the parks like geraniums and petunias there is a greater effort underway in the parks and elsewhere to restore the landscapes with native plants. The planting of native plants and non invasive nativars has great benefit to environmental, wildlife, pollinators and us. The Audubon societys campaign Plants for Birds is just that effort to spreas the importance of native plants across our gardens and lanscapes.
I memtion often the importance of native plants in our landscape and rhe role they play in keeping our environment and gardens healthu Some great reading on the subject here.
One of the worst invasive plants that has spread throughout the parks, Lesser Celandine is everywhere. With hand removal very time consuming, not always practical, chemical use in parks banned under the city's sunset laws and no staff interest or a plan to stem invasives they just keep spreading.