Journal archives for August 2018

August 09, 2018

1,000+ observations!

We have now surpassed 1,000 observations in Meriden! As of this writing, we have observed 428 different species. I'm sure that most people have no idea as to the diversity of life found in our little city. I am still amazed at what I observe just in my own backyard (literally) as well as when I'm out on a trail or visiting a pond.

I hope that more people will join the search for lifeforms in Meriden. I believe that it's important to recognize the diversity of plants, animals, insects, and other lifeforms found in the city. It helps reinforce how important it is to preserve and value open space as well as our own backyards, which definitely can contribute to habitats.

Happy searching!

Posted on August 09, 2018 03:50 AM by kellyfuerstenberg kellyfuerstenberg | 0 comments | Leave a comment

If you plant it...

Several years ago, I attended a butterfly talk. I don't remember who the speaker was, I think it was at a Wallingford Garden Club meeting. My biggest takeaway from that talk was the importance of planting for butterflies, specifically Joe-pye weed for the uncommon (at least in Connecticut) Leonard's skipper. I don't know why this skipper fascinated me or why I decided to plant Joe-pye weed. I didn't even know what a Leonard's skipper looked like.

For years, I watched various butterflies, bees, and other insects visit my gardens, including the Joe-pye weed. When I joined iNaturalist a few years ago, it gave me a better way to keep an eye out for this elusive skipper.

In 2017, I decided to plant a butterfly and pollinator garden. It's a work in progress. I moved the Joe-pye weed into this garden, along with lots of other butterfly-friendly plants. Around a month ago, I added a couple of little bluestem grasses to the garden.

And then, it happened. At least, I think. I would love another confirmation or two to be sure, but I think a Leonard's skipper finally came to my gardens.

If you plant it, they will come. ... Eventually. ... Maybe.

Posted on August 09, 2018 04:04 AM by kellyfuerstenberg kellyfuerstenberg | 1 observation | 2 comments | Leave a comment