Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly

_Four Wings and a Prayer:  Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly_ by Sue Halpern
NY:  Pantheon Books, 2001
ISBN 0-375-40208-x
(38)  Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet and monarch conservationist... Exaltation of Light [also associated with the Beats and friend of WS Merwin]
NAFTA chose the monarch butterfly as its symbol
(99)  "Science is a process of learning from your mistakes," he [Chip Taylor] said.  "If I get data that're dead wrong, I know I'm onto something.  Failure tells you where to go next.  Scientists forrget how many mistakes they made along the way.  They present their results in a refined way that doesn't suggest they screwed up for four years."
(108)  diapause - when referencing animal dormancy, is the delay in development in response to regularly and recurring periods of adverse environmental conditions. It is considered to be a physiological state of dormancy with very specific initiating and inhibiting conditions.
(117)  He [Paul Cherubini, pesticide dealer and monarch enthusiast] was an angry white guy, the kind who always felt left out and disrespected, the kind whose anger - if anyone cared to notice - came from sadness not from spite.
(172)  "Any fool can do science," he [David Gibo] said, taking stock of his kit:  field glasses, wind gauge, thermometer, compass, logbook.  "That's why it's so powerful."
(178)  ...in numbers that made them seem like winged rain.
(208)  Alison Hawthorne Deming, The Monarchs:  A Poem Sequence (Louisiana University Press)

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