Weekly Wrap-up: July 26 - August 1, 2019
Our best stories from around the web and social media each week.
You can join the International #Monarch Monitoring Blitz from July 27 to August 4! Help us work to conserve this iconic species by monitoring milkweed, monarch butterflies, caterpillars, chrysalises and eggs in your area: https://t.co/DLIaIZBen7 pic.twitter.com/AzesywRfIF— USFWS Midwest Region (@USFWSMidwest) July 27, 2019
Who is munching on my milkweed? Monarchs aren’t the only caterpillars you might find on your milkweed plants. This year we’ve been noticing a lot of milkweed tussock moth caterpillars, which also use milkweed as a host plant. pic.twitter.com/ZCdMadNSX3— USFWS Midwest Region (@USFWSMidwest) August 1, 2019
This cute chick is the product of piping plovers successfully nesting on a Chicago beach for the first time in more than 60 years! A special thanks to all of the volunteers who helped monitor this nest and capture its success. Photo courtesy of Gordon Garcia. pic.twitter.com/ieJ37UsEoS— USFWS Midwest Region (@USFWSMidwest) July 26, 2019
Twelve-spotted skimmers can be found across much of the U.S. and southern Canada. They’re most active in June and July, especially near areas with ponds and slow streams. pic.twitter.com/N9jAXQjkIi— USFWS Midwest Region (@USFWSMidwest) July 29, 2019
Only 1-2 weeks after hatching, young yellow-headed blackbirds are ready to head out on their own. We spotted this juvenile traveling with several red-winged blackbirds, foraging for seed under a bird feeder. pic.twitter.com/3NqrVOjlMR— USFWS Midwest Region (@USFWSMidwest) July 30, 2019