Monarchs Make a Triumphant Return
Monarch butterflies are well known for their migratory patterns, traveling from the far north Pacific Northwest all the way down to Mexico and back. However, over the decades, the butterfly with bright black and orange wings has been hammered by environmental changes and declining numbers, easily gaining status as an endangered species.
This year, in October, however, Monarch butterflies made a spectacular return to Pacific Grove, clearly showing a comeback in numbers and presence. The Pacific Grove Sanctuary estimated a total of 3,823 butterflies and decided to make their way back, a massive increase over the previous year when only one butterfly showed up in 2021. In fact, in 2020, with nothing showing up, folks suddenly thought the butterflies were gone for good.
However, 2022 has clearly been one for the records, essentially throwing into question anything that was recorded in the two previous years. That’s because almost 247,250 butterflies have been tracked across the western U.S., definitely proving they are still around and in sizable numbers. Given the fact that the 2020 records only counted some 2,000 of the butterflies, one has to wonder what happened and where did they go for two years. Those who have spent a research lifetime studying the Monarch butterflies are over the moon with the results, expecting that the numbers will continue to grow again going into 2023.
Some possible explanations are that the butterflies chose not to migrate at all, instead staying in a given locale and just not moving back up the West coast as they traditionally do. Others wonder if climate changes misdirected their migratory pattern and sent the butterflies off in a different direction than before. Still other theories wonder if there is something else at work, such as a delayed hatching of the new season of butterflies that typically were annual blooms. The exact answer isn’t known at all, and nobody has a solid hypothesis to test either.
Whichever is the case with regards to the reason why, the folks at the Pacific Grove Sanctuary are just happy that the butterflies have returned again and in large numbers. Instead of dealing with a nightmare of a mass extinction, the insects have proven themselves resilient and strong enough to pull through, migrate once more, and make their presence known along the upper West Coast of the U.S. that made them famous in the first place.
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Chip and Joanna Gaines Unveil Their Amazing Restored Property
If you’ve ever tuned into the HGTV channel, you know that their priority is reality television. At HGTV, there is no show bigger than Fixer Upper. Led by hosts Joanna and Chip Gaines, Fixer Upper is all about following one family as they revitalize homes with glamorous and trendy makeovers. Of course, the show is really about how the husband-wife duo works together, and they’ve cultivated quite the following as a result. Now, in the ultimate Fixer Upper twist, we are going to head into the home that Chip and Joanna fixed for themselves!
Firefighters Save Everyone, Even Little Birds
Have you ever heard a thud against your big home or room window, looked up and then wondered what happened? Or maybe you’ve seen a black sticker silhouette of a big bird on a window that looks odd without any apparent reason. The thud or sticker both have to do with the same common issue of small birds hitting windows frequently because they can’t see and differentiate plate glass as a surface when flying. They fly and get exhausted or just don’t realize the difference of a building and then the flight mistake occurs. The bird then impacts, gets knocked out, and falls to the ground stunned.
It just happened one day that two firefighters happened to be working at their station in South Carolina one day and found a stunned hummingbird on the ground as they went outside the station. The day was hot and part of heat wave in the area common in the South at certain times of the year. The two took a closer look and found an emerald-green creature lying almost dead still on the cement, showing now sign of life. But the eyes still showed signs of life. The impact wasn’t too much of a surprise however; bird stuns are common in South Carolina has it’s a major migratory path during the month of March and October annually.
David McCain, a fire marshal, and Jobeth Holmes, a firefighter, looked at the little bird up close and quickly realized the animal needed some kind of food and water or was going to die quickly. Hummingbirds naturally have a fast metabolism and energy consumption, burning out their internal resources in minutes and hours versus days. The two had found stunned birds before and this hummingbird was either recovering from a bad flight path or just dropped from exhaustion due to the hot temperature that day. From experience the two tried a few tricks they learned over the years to bring the bird back to life. Using bottled water and some table sugar, the created a quick mix and then made it possible for the bird to drink the solution. Coaxing the bird to take in the liquid, they patiently waited minutes for a response to occur.
Sure enough, the hummingbird began to perk up and react. The sugar metabolized quickly in the bird’s digestion and its energy level spiked. The bird keep drinking a bit more and then, like a laser dart, it zipped off in a spark, looking for more food and flower nectar. The departing bird didn’t give any acknowledgement or romantic movie-like thanks, but the two firefighters knew they had done a good deed in the grand scheme of life.
She Did Not Guess That Her Secret Admirer Was a Cat
At most times, it feels really sweet to have a secret admirer. It feels nice to know that someone out there views you as special and interesting. Who said that all secret admirers have to be human beings? You will be interested to know that a secret admirer can also be your beloved furry neighborhood friend.
Rosie started to notice pink flowers everyday on the back of her deck, she did not think much of them at first until it became a continuous occurrence. Her secret admirer was very unexpected. Read on to know more about the unexpected feline admirer.
Flowers on Rosie’s Porch
Rosie relocated to a quaint neighborhood in the United Kingdom to start her life afresh. She shared the home with several roommates. 6 houses down from where she stayed lived a cat called Willow, who was not like any ordinary neighborhood kitty. Ever since the spring started in that particular year, Rosie would find a flower display on her terrace every day. It was pretty.
At first, she assumed that it was the wind that was blowing flowers on to her porch, but a housemate of hers told her about Willow the neighborhood cat. This kitty is well-known in the neighborhood as being friendly and affectionate to people who reside there. She just seems to care for the people who live there, who also tend to be kind too her too.
Rosie was baffled by the flowers on the porch until her housemate informed her that she had seen this beloved cat carrying pretty flowers in her mouth. This was really surprising to Rosie, and she wanted to witness this spectacle for herself.
Willow the affectionate kitty
The cat clearly liked Rosie and her housemates because she was stealing flowers from her owner’s garden and leaving them on their terrace. They would come home from their daily activities to find pink pretty flowers spread all over their back porch nicely. Clearly, there was a secret admire leaving the flowers on a daily basis.
Domestic cats have provided companionship to their owners for many centuries. Without a doubt, cats have a reputation for being unfriendly and proud animals that do not heed to commands, but Rosie and her friends are certain that their friendly neighborhood feline is different from other cats. Willow ensured that her new-found friends had a flower display daily on their deck.
The arrangement of houses in Willow’s neighborhood are such that Garden corridors have been used to separate each house. Each day, the popular cat would cross 6 garden corridors, and get some tasty treats in every house she passed before she reached Rosie’s home. Rosie admits that it is not easy to turn Willow down, she is just too cute and charming.
Seen in action
Rosie really wanted to see Willow doing what she always did. One day, as she was busy cooking in their kitchen, she happened to see what she had been waiting for. Rosie grabbed her phone quickly to capture the inspiring moment.
Willow was prancing up to their deck carrying a flower in her mouth. This was really surprising because cats are known for bringing dead animals at home, not pretty flowers! This was such a cute scene. Obviously, this friendly kitten understands how to keep the neighborhood happy. Rosie says that Willow holds a special place in her heart.
Willow is not the only cat with a unique story, every year interesting stories about affectionate animals hit the papers. It just goes to show that human beings are not the only species on earth that understands the meaning of caring and being considerate.
A Valentine’s Day Story for The Ages
When you hear about Valentine’s Day, the first thoughts to hit your mind are likely to be romantic dinners, chocolates, cards, and happy couples. It is one of the worst times to be single. Most single people feel lonely especially since they have to watch other people receive gifts from their loved ones when they do not get anything.
The popular day has its roots in plenty of legends. The most well-known symbol of Valentine’s Day is Cupid. His representation is a chubby little boy with a bow and an arrow. One woman felt that her special day was going contrary to her expectations. Her father told her theta she had to go to school despite the fact that it was Valentine’s Day. You will be amazed at how she managed to change the day into a success.
The Romance Season
It is during Valentine’s Day that most people receive romantic gifts such as flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears. Those that do not have anyone to give them these gifts, especially those in school, can feel left out. The existence and popularity of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter make matters even worse. It adds to the pressure that already exists. It is in high school that most people try hard to fit in.
Special Day for Someone Special
Having no one with whom to share the special day can make your day sad instead of happy. Watching everyone else enjoy a good time with their loved ones may make you feel lonely. Valentine’s Day comes with plenty of pressure, especially for high school student. One woman knows how difficult it can be. She took to Twitter to express her frustrations. She explained that high school is already stressful. Adding the pressures of Valentines Day makes it even more difficult.
A Valentine to Remember
Dianna Sanders had one of the most memorable Valentines. The 10th-grade student made a tweet that went viral. The tweet went viral.
Not Feeling It
Like any other single woman, Sanders was not interested in seeing other people receive romantic presents and no receive any. She hoped that her father would let her skip school on that dreadful day ‘I didn’t want to see everyone have presents and I not get shXX,’ Sanders complained.
Having to Attend School.
Unfortunately for the 10th grader, her father would not let her skip school. She went because she had no choice. Dianne Sanders explains that she felt sad the entire time up to the the3rd period. Little did she know that she was about to have a pleasant day.
The delivery man showed up with a delivery that Dianne Sanders thought was for another girl. He delivered a big teddy bear, a large box of chocolates, and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Sanders was surprised when the delivery man called out her name to receive her parents.
A Lucky Recipients.
The delivery guy let her know that the delivery was for ‘Miss Sunshine.’ The pleasant surprise changed Sanders’s mood for the rest of her day. She knew that the gifts were from a truly special man. Her father fondly referred her as Miss Sunshine, so she instantly knew that he sent the gifts. She could hardly believe the sweet message that he wrote in the card.
‘Happy Valentine’s Day, love Dad. P. S. Tell everyone it was from an admirer.’ The loving dad wrote on a note. This father found a sweet and simple way to make his little girl happy. His was one of the most memorable Valentine’s Day.
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