Attached is an investigative report on an early alert about a Monarch Butterfly crisis.
Hank de Carbonel has a way with words.
I can’t help myself, Hank always makes me laugh.
And this is serious stuff. Monarchs migrate through our part of Texas and who doesn’t like a butterfly.
Fascinating things, so fragile and beautiful and yet they migrate all the way to Mexico.
Here’s Hank. Hank is a frequent writer and essayist for the Cal Construction Truck Association, and a vigorous and effective public speaker against nonsense from the environmentalists. I have occasionally asked him to make personal appearances to read my submissions on on enviro issues to CA EPA and California Air Resources Board.
Hanks day job is concrete pumps.
First the alert from the Sacramento Bee, the local lefist enviro MSM Tribune, warning of the Monarch Butterfly situation.
So far I have found she is a very respected professor at Univ of Minn. Monarchs are her life. I have a 11 page paper to read, and the I will let you know.I do now know that Monarchs prefer milkweed which agriculture does not like and does attempt to curb. So far it looks like it’s butterflies vs cows. I also found out she is a Harvard grad, they’re everywhere! If nothing else I will end up knowing more about Monarchs and milkweed than a city boy like me ever wanted to know. I will follow your directions a bit further and report.
I still am going to get a flashlight, compass and good shoes and guide Monarchs across the borders. Hope I don’t come across and drug/ human traffickers out in the barren lands. I aspire to be a Monarch coyote.
I read this report and IF it is the one used by the AP reporter there is something missing. Any reference to GM foods or declining Milkweed. What it does talk about is the possible effects of precipitation and temperature on the Monarchs. It does use the dubious climate modeling but I don’t see any boffo news, certainly nothing about man made global warming, GM agriculture , poisons or rapidly declining milk weed availability.
In fact this report states that Milkweed is unchanging in availability.
You may find it interesting that the two major areas studied were Ohio and Texas, because of a long history of information to draw upon. So the big news is temperature and precipitation combined with the time of arrival is thought to be important to the livelihood of these critters.
The importance of climate here is that Monarchs take several generations to migrate from Mexico to the USA, so annual and short term climate is a factor. Short term as in a few years.
Because the AP gave no reference it is impossible to know where he came up with the notion of GM plants, declining milkweed and the imminent demise of the Monarch. I suspect that the “journalist” was perhaps partaking in weed of another type. It may also be that he is just a trained professional. I did notice that this yarn appeared in a number of newspapers across the USA. Until shown some real science I think the story is bogus, and cherry picked reporting at best.
Did I mention that I was a concrete pump salesman and refused to participate in class from the 7th grade until my release from Berkeley High 63’? My conventional wisdom is highly suspect. My conclusions are perhaps incorrect, but I doubt it.
My best education about butterflies came from a tattoo placed on a wonderful and frisky lady, but that is another report for another time. That will be the knowledge I will try to retain and not this more recent pursuit.
Now I must prepare concoctions and talisman to assure the defeat of the so called Sea Hawks.
Hank de Carbonel