Tuesday, April 26, 2011
We planned to finish by noon, Easter was the next day, and it was a good thing we met our goal. After everyone left, Bob and I were talking to Ranger Brian Miller and watering the plants. I stepped out of the butterfly area to get something from my car - and found this rattler scooting right towards me! I understand this was a "First Sighting" of a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake at Tres Rios. Some "firsts" I can do without. But the snake curled into a ball next to the Ocotillo fence around the butterfly habitat and waited for us to leave before he slipped inside. Definitely time to go home.
On April 16th I was the lunch speaker for the 2011 Pacific Region of the National Garden Club Conference, "Desert Splendor." Gardeners are such special people, so caring and compassionate towards helping all things nature-related. I loved their table centerpieces accenting my talk, "Saving the Monarch Migration." Everyone was eager to help and they left with information of how to create Monarch Waystations in their own gardens. They were excited to help to spread the word, too.