Fitz Clarke, citizen scientist and a superb photographer, has documented the insects, birds and flowers at the site over the last years. We are privileged to feature many of his photographs in the Blogs section of this website, under the rubric Bringing Nature Home. Go there to see A Visual Smorgasbord of Bugs at the Sparrow Field, A Wasp and a Beetle and Aphids and Mole Crickets meet their Predators: Photos Tell All, and many more entries.

His latest addition is Project Monarch Health, about the ongoing work at the Sparrow Field in collaboration with UGA to study this butterfly.

Monitoring the Purple Martins – May 22

We, (6 volunteers) monitored our 16 gourd rack noting 74 chicks. It took exactly 14 minutes to lower the rack, count the chicks, perform house cleaning if required, and re-raise the structure. Our last time was 15 minutes.

Monitoring of the 16 Sparrow Field Gourds

Here are two images documenting the monitoring of the “Sparrow Field” Purple Martin gourds, 5/1/2011. Read more

A Strong Support System

I wish to share with you a compilation of digital images depicting the metamorphosis of a black Swallowtail butterfly.

I especially am taken with the new revelation ( to me through my 180mm macro camera lens) of just* how extensive is the weaving of the substrate supporting silk matting*, which this Black Swallowtail butterfly attached itself. It has hopefully guaranteed its safety while undergoing a change in the larval anatomy, emerging as a “fresh” new adult butterfly. To those of you who have worked with fiberglass you will appreciate the, apparent, extensive strength of this support matting, adhered to the bark of the limb. Read more

The Butterflies are Out and About!

Hi-the butterflies are beginning to appear in greater numbers, for which I am most pleased. I have enjoyed watching two Black Swallowtail pass through their instar stages to pupate. I have photographed their two chrysalis. One is attached to the Bronze Fennel host-plant and the other on the new growth of a Red Tip I cut and stuck in the ground adjacent to the Fennel in hopes it would serve as a substrate to anchor itself as it pupated. (pretty awesome) Read more

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