The power of unintended consequences

Posted on September 30th, 2013 by

Last spring, we decided to add a bird feeder to a small garden area outside of the Interpretive Center.  Two or three months ago, a bird at that feeder (through haste or carelessness) dropped a sunflower seed and it started to grow.   When I suggested that we pull it as a weed (after all, it wasn’t “supposed” to be there), our Office Manager Shirley insisted that we let it grow.  Today, a very late and very tired female monarch spent a good portion of the morning using it to refuel for her long trip to Mexico.  With Monarch populations at very low levels, this random series of events may end up having greater consequences than we can ever know.


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