Thanks to Elsie Sullivan, who provided Web links to a couple of newspaper stories that might be of interest to people who read this blog.
The first is from the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, about a Hummingbird Festival on the family farm of a state senator. You can read about it here: www.rrstar.com/updates/x1331803389/Hummingbird-lovers-flock-to-Audubon-event-at-state-senators-farm
And the second, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is about volunteers of all ages gathering to catch and tag monarch butterflies ahead of their incredible fall migration to Mexico. You can read the Milwaukee story here: www.jsonline.com/news/ozwash/54195552.html
Your suggestions, comments, observations, pictures related to birds and other things birders find interesting are always welcome. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Footnote: Cats 2, Wannabe 0. One was waiting for me on my deck when I came home from church on Sunday. It didn’t hang around while I went inside to get my squirt gun. Another made itself at home on the deck later that day, but fled long before I was in position to give it a good soaking. Yes, they left, but they always leave when they see me. My hope is to make them think twice — or whatever cats do that approximates thinking — before coming back.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill: I will never give up, never give up, never give up.