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JO Roberts
Natural Resource Specialist & Conservation Biologist

The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly but we observed newly emerged monarchs on Beebrush (Aloysia wrightii) and Parry penstemon (Penstemon parryi) plants.

Monarch Butterfly on Parry Penstemon
Monarch Butterfly on Beebrush
Monarch Butterfly on Beebrush

The Friends of the San Pedro River care for the San Pedro House Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. A native milkweed section was added in 2019.  Today, docent landscapers observed the first monarch butterflies of the year in the Garden. The monarch on the Beebush just emerged from its chrysalis and is drying its wings. The second monarch also recently emerged and was beginning to open its wings. Did you know that after two weeks within the chrysalis, they will emerge as adult butterflies? Did you know that in July 2022, migratory monarchs were officially classified as endangered, but, as recently as June 2022, it was reported that populations were more stable than previously thought? Learn more at Monarch Butterflies: Are They Endangered or Stable? (nathab.com)

Dedication Plaque -Milkweed Garden at the San Pedro House
Dedication Plaque -Milkweed Garden at the San Pedro House
JO Roberts
Natural Resource Specialist & Conservation Biologist

Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman

Helianthus annuus

Touring a garden in Bisbee.

The Bisbee Bloomers Garden Tour will occur Saturday September 3rd in the Bisbee and surrounding areas. A garden inhabitant takes advantage of the serene surroundings in one of the garden tour homes in Old Bisbee.
The Bisbee Bloomers Garden Tour will occur Saturday September 3rd in the Bisbee and surrounding areas. A garden inhabitant takes advantage of the serene surroundings in one of the garden tour homes in Old Bisbee.

SNAKES!

Bill Schumacher is also known as The Snake Guy. Schumacher catches snakes that are reported to him by county businesses and residents. He then releases the reptiles in the desert where there are no people,  livestock or structures.