[leps-talk] Re: Monarchs at Ground Zero

Paul Cavalconte cavalconte at mindspring.com
Fri Mar 8 10:15:00 EST 2002

The lower tip of Manhattan, especially Battery park is a standard Monarch
flyway, and the NYC parks Dept has recently planted very serviceable little
gardens along the Hudson River run up to about Canal Street.   Monarchs are
abundant, and many parkgoers get their first taste of concentrated Monarch
activity here.  For the past few seasons, much of my fall watching activity
has been centered here....a short walk from where I work.  The monarchs are
a frequent sight at the buddlieas along the park, and from high floors of
the area office buildings.   Of course, this past September, I missed my
walks, but the monarchs did not miss their flight path, despite the smoke,
dust and industrial activity.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Parcelles,Jr. <rjparcelles at yahoo.com>
To: <leps-l at lists.yale.edu>; <TILS-leps-talk at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, March 08, 2002 7:51 AM
Subject: [leps-talk] Re: Monarchs at Ground Zero

--- Erik Runquist <erunquist at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I don't know if anybody else saw this story last night.  Nightline
> had a
> great story about a photographer recording the aftermath and
> cleanup at
> Ground Zero. He told a story about several firefighters walking
> through a
> plume of smoke and then suddenly being swarmed by dozens of
> monarchs!
> Apparently they were landing on the firefighters and swirling
> around with
> the smoke. He said that the firefighters equated the monarchs to
> souls
> rising from the rubble. The photographer certainly was much more
> eloquent in
> describing the events than I can do it justice.  It was quite
> poignant.
>   Just thought you might be interested.
> Erik

Hmmmmmmm! Leps Go metaphysical.

I knew there must be a manifest destiny for all of the "monarch
huggin" going on. They convey souls! Dr. Brower...the Pope for the
monarchs? :)

What is your take on this discovery, Paul, Master of pseudo science
and pragmatic challenger of the Hallowed Monarch?

All joking aside, maybe there is a lot we scientists will never be
able to explain.

Butterflies may be for more than peace.


Bob Parcelles, Jr
Pinellas Park, FL
RJP Associates, C2M-BWPTi
rjparcelles at yahoo.com
"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
- Norman Vincent Peale

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