Randy Emmitt birdcr at
Sun Mar 10 17:52:53 EST 2002


For the first time I think I agree with Paul that Monarchs aren`t in any 
danger. What I would recommend to help them would be very simple. There`s 
thousands of acres of Common Milkweed growing in fields all over the 
country (or other milkweeds) simply ask the land owners of fields not being 
used for planting to only mow  their fields once a year in the late fall. 
Mowing once a year will keep back the sapling trees just the same. So many 
wild flowers are over mowed it makes me sick.
Maybe someone could come up with some kind of notice to place on fence 
posts or telephone poles to get these ignorant people informed on what they 
have? I`d be happy to post it for download at the web site for download. I`d also be willing to 
post any articles anyone would be willing to write on mowing/management of 
fields for butterflies at the web site.

  I had up until last summer a 1/2 mile long roadside (powerline easement) 
full of wildflowers and full of butterflies finding 30 species was the 
normal when walking it and just down the road from me. Now the land owner 
is selling the property and is mowing this easement regularly so the land 
looks better.What a waste of time, energy and gasoline and I`m sure this 
guy has no clue what he has there!

Randy Emmitt
Rougemont, NC

Randy Emmitt Photography
Carolina Butterfly Society webmaster


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