Monday Hawk Watch Mystery Part 3
Butterflies Are Free(d)

Butterfly Release at Library; Turtle Alert

The first of three Monarch butterfly caterpillars at Allendale's  Lee Memorial Library has emerged from its chrysalis (left). The new Monarch butterfly (right) will be released tomorrow (Wednesday) at 3:30 p.m..

Maybe it will check out the new pollinator garden before likely setting out for Mexico or possibly Florida!

(Thanks to Library Director Nancy Clauss who found the caterpillars and took these great photos,)

A great post on Monarchs from NJ Audubon is here:


While walking in Crestwood Park yesterday, I found this baby Snapping Turtle. I carried it to the side of the road in the direction it was headed.

To give you an idea of how small these guys are, the dot in the middle of the photo at left is the turtle.