migration

Migration

Mean green flying machines: the hummingbirds are here!
September 16, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

What was that high pitched chirping and flash of iridescent green that just whizzed past at lightning speed? You just got buzzed by a hummingbird! The fall migration is passing through Houston, and these feisty little birds seem to be particularly abundant this year. Houston does not have (for the most part) any resident hummingbirds, […]

Tired from a long journey, faded monarchs seek homes for the next generation
April 27, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

My friends Bob and Bev photographed this very faded, tattered female monarch flying around the milkweed plants in their backyard near the Museum last week. The butterfly is a migrant from Mexico, looking for places to lay her eggs as a last hurrah before she dies. She must be very tired! Last fall, she flew […]

Butterflies will blow your mind: A new Giant Screen Theatre film gives viewers new respect for migrating Monarchs
October 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

If you — like me — have long thought of butterflies as delicate, simple creatures, you have been sorely mistaken. A new Giant Screen Theatre film, Flight of the Butterflies, opens tomorrow and frames familiar Monarch butterflies in a new light as masters of migration. The film follows the life’s work of Dr. Fred Urquhart […]

Tagging Monarchs at HMNS
October 27, 2011 · 1 Comment

Today Soni (CBC horticulturist) came down to my office and said “You should see all the monarchs in the outdoor butterfly garden. They must be part of the fall migration. Why don’t we tag them?”’ Surely by now most people are aware of the amazing migration undertaken each year by the fall generation of monarch […]



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