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Thursday, June 9, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

A 22-year-old Cassius Clay (soon to change his name to Muhammad Ali) made those words famous when he told boxing fans what his ring style would be against heavyweight champ Sonny Liston.

That was 1964, and most everyone had seen butterflies float and had been stung by a bee. Fifty-eight years later, where did all the butterflies go? The monarch population specifically has seen a massive decline. Since the mid-1990s, the decline in its population has been most dramatic, with estimates projecting that the current population is only 20% of what it was just a few decades ago, according to MSUtoday.com.
Some say this is because of farmers growing crops with chemicals that decimate milkweed plants, which are the host and food source for monarch caterpillars. Other theories have emerged that include global warming factors, but researchers are divided on what has been affecting the monarch population. Meanwhile, the western monarch migration was predicted to vanish completely last year.

Then something unexplainable happened. Roosting monarchs saw a 100-fold increase in the 2021-2022 winter. According to experts, a mere 2,000 surviving migrating monarchs with only a percentage of which could have been female apparently managed to breed the population up to 250,000 in a single season. Data on the eastern monarch migration is not as detailed, but on-the-scene experts say the population is at least “holding steady.” This is all according to the CO2 Coalition’s 2022 Monarch Butterfly Report, which was posted in March.

The story says, “The magical marvelous Monarch Butterfly is surging – they are ramping up – populations numbers are skyrocketing!”
If you were like me as a kid, you found those caterpillars, put them in Mason jars with holes poked in the lid, filled the jar with some branches and leaves, and anxiously watched the transformations into a butterflies. Kids today may just watch it on YouTube. When the Goodman daughters were young, these caterpillars and butterflies were not as noticeable. I wondered why but never gave much thought to it. Kids and adults everywhere should notice a resurgence of monarchs this summer. Dig out the Mason jars.

Now, about those bees…

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances increase this afternoon and stick with us again into early Friday afternoon. A separate system will bring slight rain chances to the state Saturday and again on Sunday. Heat starts to build Sunday and carries into next week.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI: Des Moines to keep Ironman in town for next 3 years

DES MOINES, Iowa — Catch Des Moines has announced that the Ironman race will be held in central Iowa until at least 2025. Des Moines' first full-length Ironman race starts Sunday. Last year, the state hosted a half-Ironman. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Johnston man sentenced for planting homemade bombs in Ankeny

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Johnston man was sentenced on Friday, June 3, for Making a Destructive Device and Unlawful Drug User in Possession of a Firearm. Chad Allen Williams, 47, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for the manufacturing of explosives found in Ankeny in 2021. Williams pled guilty to these charges on January 20, 2022... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMACC Adult Literacy Center in need of additional volunteers

More than 200 Iowans have received literacy tutoring in the past year.… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local French Fries
1. B-Bop’s
2. Ben’s Burgers
3. Django


Meet Tiffany Banks

Fostering a love of reading

By TK West

After graduating from Iowa State University, Tiffany Banks spent some time in the Waukee area while pursuing a master’s degree in library science through the University of Iowa. During that time, she saw a rare teacher librarian position open at the Adel-De Soto-Minburn Community School District. Today, Banks works as a teacher librarian for both the Adel Elementary School and Meadow View Elementary School.

“The thing I like most about being a librarian at both Adel Elementary and Meadow View is that I get to see our readers grow from kindergarten all the way to fourth grade. They change so much, and I enjoy the relationships that span over many years,” Banks says. “The best part is reading books aloud to kids that I love — sometimes the same book six times in one day.”


From the June issue of Adel Living magazine.

MLB, June 8: Dodgers 4 White Sox 1,  Twins 8 Yankees 1, Phillies 10 Brewers 0, Rays 11 Cardinals 3, Royals 8 Blue Jays 4  ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs, June 8: Tonight I-Cubs vs. Toledo
NBA June 8: Celtics 116 Warriors 100
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Jay Mathes and Mike Schoville

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman, Michael J. Fox, Mae Whitman, Michaela Conlin, Matt Bellamy, Dick Vitale, Logan Browning

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you name a camel with no humps?
HUMPHRY (HUMP FREE). Thanks for participating: Gail Tomlinson, Patty Miller, Rex Post, Tom Hein
I was a bit tricky. Instead of "What do you CALL a camel with no humps (A HORSE), I changed it to "name" a camel.


Why do camels blend in so well with their surroundings?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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