The Return of the Monarchs

When I was a child, on Roosevelt Island, hummingbirds and ladybugs were a common sight in spring and summer.

Over the last two decades, as far as I've been able to tell, both have vanished.

The Island has been home to a lot of development recently. Some areas that were wild have been cut away; but some areas that were empty lawns now have gardens.

And so today, for the third time this year, I saw monarchs flying on Roosevelt Island.

I heard recently that Roosevelt Island is now part of the "butterfly corridor" (Thanks, Obama!1, 2), an area intended to protect the journey of the monarchs, who travel south in winter, north in summer.

It brought me as much delight to hear about this program3 as it did to see the butterflies themselves. I hope we will, more and more, take on this role as guardians and caretakers, locally and globally. I believe we will need to, not only for our the good of our souls, but for our very survival.

I long to see the hummingbirds return. I hope that day is not too far off.


Author: David Wen Riccardi-Zhu

Created: 2017-10-16 Mon 02:00