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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.

Minnesota Butterflies–Butterfly Big Year Update #9

Sax-Zim Bog looked like a promising butterfly area when I was surfing through the web for a good place to go in Minnesota. (Slap). Did I mention that there are mosquitos in Minnesota (Slap)? When you get in the shade … Continue reading

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Butterfly Church–Butterfly Big Year Update #8

I went to my Butterfly Church yesterday. It is a special place where I usually can find that feeling of peace that I don’t often have in my life. I chase butterflies there, but I also take a folding chair … Continue reading

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So I Took a Little Trip–Butterfly Big Year Update #7

I probably should plan the big year stuff better than I do, but I am also learning to make and execute plans on a fairly short notice. I sorted the iNaturalist butterfly data for Illinois from the first of the … Continue reading

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Butterfly Big Year, Update #6

Butterflies are still pretty sparse around here right now. I went to a couple of local areas and conducted a survey for the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network. I was able to add an American Snout, which I found at the … Continue reading

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Butterfly Big Year, Update #5

We have had about a week of cool, rainy weather that is not particularly good for butterflies. I have not gone on any out-of-state trips since the Wisconsin trip I took a couple of weeks ago. That is because of … Continue reading

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Butterfly Big Year Update #4

I have not taken any long trips this week but I have added a couple of species. On Monday I conducted my first butterfly survey of the season for the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network. I found this gorgone checkerspot at … Continue reading

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Butterfly Big Year Update #3

I went on a trip to Sauk City Wisconsin, chasing butterflies. The point of the trips is that they are a little bit spontaneous, depending on the weather and what other butterflies have been seen. However, I always feel a … Continue reading

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Butterfly Big Year Update #2

Yesterday was my birthday. I was feeling all of my 66 years. I went to the funeral for my last surviving aunt in the morning. I have been blessed in my life to have 9 aunts and 8 uncles. They … Continue reading

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Butterfly Big Year Update #1

Ever seen the comic strip Calvin and Hobbs? If you have, you probably remember Calvin ball. My big year is a little like that. I make the rules and I enforce them. I can make new rules at any time. … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Big Year has Started

Birders sometimes do something called a “big year.” During a calendar year, they try to see and identify as many of the bird species in a particular area as they can. A few butterfliers have done something similar, most famously … Continue reading

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