The Elders Are Watching is a video about the environment, the teachings of the old ones. The poem written by David Bouchard was inspired by a Roy Henry Vickers painting that was given to Queen Elizabeth called, A Meeting Of Chiefs. The book was first published by Eagle Dancer Enterprises and the narration and artwork is by Roy Henry Vickers.
Try leaving out a plate filled with orange slices to attract Butterflies.
Unlike Hummingbirds who hover, Butterflies like to land on things and love citrus and sweet fruit juices.
Instead of composting or throwing out your old fruit, offer your resident winged ones a buffet from your leftovers.
Any of the following will do: brown bananas, mushy strawberries, overripe peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, mangoes, papayas, cherries and melons. Add water or a little beer to your mix.
Try offering a small dish of moist soil or compost (wet lightly throughout the day), or add some course salt flakes to a shallow bowl of river rocks and a little water. Butterflies need minerals and will enjoy frolicking in this mineral bath.
Use bright sponges soaked in sugar water to attract the Butterflies. Place your colorful sponges in trees, near bird feeders or on a shallow plate.
Use 4 parts water to 1 part sugar.
Birds, Bees and other Insects will also enjoy these offering, so you may want to place it up high and in an area that you won’t need to occupy often.
You can plant Milkweed to attract Butterflies naturally.
Milkweed is the perfect plant food for both larval and adults.
Monarch butterflies use it for nectar and then lay their eggs on it;
When their eggs hatch the caterpillars will feed on it.
The poison in Milkweed is ingested and as they become adults this poison will protect them from predators.
Remember chemicals are largely responsible for the decline in our Butterfly population; they kill both adult and caterpillar.
It is best to always avoid pesticides; so the butterflies can exist in a natural environment.
Loss of milkweed linked to plummeting number of monarch butterflies…
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