September 18, 2014 |
CAPE MAY - Many of them begin the 2,000-mile transcontinental journey in Canada and arrive in New Jersey every September and October on the way to their wintering grounds in Mexico. Delicate and weighing only a half gram, hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies - with colorful wings like stained-glass windows - pause in Cape May before crossing the Delaware Bay. But in recent years, their numbers have declined in New Jersey, and over the last 20 years, they've dropped by more than 90 percent at their final destination, Mexico's mountains, said the Monarch Monitoring Project, a research and education program run through the New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory.
September 21, 2013 |
HARRISBURG First there were endangered species, then endangered buildings. Now Pennsylvania is recognizing its most threatened objects. And we're not talking about just any old dust-collecting bric-a-brac. These are priceless artifacts - tangible pieces of Pennsylvania history. An elaborately illustrated 16th-century Mennonite Bible; the oldest surviving butterfly specimens; Red Grooms' celebrated Philadelphia quadricentennial installation, "Philadelphia Cornucopia"; and Thaddeus Stevens' wig are all among the pieces housed in Pennsylvania collections and named to the state's first list of Top Ten Endangered Artifacts.
August 26, 2013 |
The monarch butterflies at the Tyler Arboretum were about a week old, so it was time for them to move on. About 60 orange-and-black monarchs, freshly emerged from their chrysalises, were tagged and released into the wild at the arboretum's Butterfly Festival on Saturday. Over the next several weeks, the delicate insects will flutter about 2,500 miles south and then west before settling in a central Mexican mountain range with millions of others, the longest migratory journey of any North American butterfly.
July 21, 2013
A caption Friday with a photograph of a butterfly gave the wrong species of butterfly. It was a tiger swallowtail.
April 5, 2013 |
Dressed in clothing with holes and sweaters marked by yellow stars, the actors from the Wolf Performing Arts Center played out a children's story of fear, sadness, and hope while in the Terezin concentration camp. The words came from the poems and stories in the book and play I Never Saw Another Butterfly, based on the experiences of the children who wrote poems and made artworks to pass the time in the camp. The title comes from a poem, "The Butterfly," written by one of the children.
March 5, 2013 |
DEAD BUTTERFLIES, more colorful than any exotic bloom. Old oil drums and milk jugs, transformed into something new. But nothing at the Philadelphia Flower Show represents life's endless loop more than the giant, steaming pile of . . . "Mommy, it's poop ," a giggling little girl said Sunday, at one unique display. The large, cartoon-like pile of poop is part of the Philadelphia Water Department's award-winning "The Power of Poop" display at the flower show. The display is all about reusing waste to create power, from our own waste to the scraps we shove down the garbage disposal.
January 27, 2013
The made-up stories of the next five months are passionate, often international, sometimes (or are they?) occult. The short novel and short story are coming on strong again. Biography, autobiography, and history loom large, as always, among nonfiction titles. Butterflies and the Bible make an appearance, too. Plenty to keep a reader busy, from here to the summer solstice and beyond. - By John Timpane and Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer staff writers Butterflies, the Bible, passionate fiction - the books of spring Fiction The River Swimmer: Novellas by Jim Harrison (Grove, $25, Jan. 8)
November 9, 2012
Flight Behavior By Barbara Kingsolver HarperCollins. 448 pp. $28.99 Reviewed by Judith Musser For fans of Barbara Kingsolver's fiction, Flight Behavior will be a pleasant return to a familiar setting with recognizable characters, memorable dialogue, common themes, and well-written prose that has become associated with a Kingsolver novel. As in Prodigal Summer , Kingsolver revisits Appalachia and re-creates a plot imbued with ecological and biological importance.
August 29, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Bill O'Brien told it like it is. "I will certainly have butterflies before this game," Penn State's first-year head coach said Tuesday at the news conference to discuss Saturday's season opener against visiting Ohio. "I mean, I'd be crazy to tell you otherwise. " After all, O'Brien's first real game at a stadium that holds more than 106,000 people is this weekend, and it comes after the most eventful summer Penn State has ever seen. But when game time actually rolls around after a summer of fielding all sorts of non-football questions, O'Brien will be ready.
August 17, 2012 |
TOKYO - Radiation that leaked from the Fukushima nuclear plant following last year's tsunami caused mutations in some butterflies - including dented eyes and stunted wings - though humans seem relatively unaffected, researchers say. The mutations are the first evidence that the radiation has caused genetic changes in living organisms. They are likely to add to concerns about potential health risks among humans though there is no evidence of it yet. Scientists say more study is needed to link human health with the Fukushima disaster.