Creating Your Own Wildlife Photo Habitat

A monarch butterfly on a flower.
The striking and photogenic monarch butterfly.

Story & photos by Tom Haxby

We are all staying much closer to home these days, yet the need to connect with nature through our photography is needed now more than ever. One way to do so is to create a wildlife photo habitat in your yard. This is how I came to create a habitat for monarch butterflies in my northern Michigan yard.

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Delicate Balance: Monarch Migration

Monarch in flight. Houston TX.
Monarch in flight. Houston TX.

Story & photos by Theresa DiMenno

As I settle in to write this piece, the monarch butterflies are filtering through the central  flyway of Texas. It is a chilly morning in Austin as we had our first cold front of the  season last evening. Fifty degrees feels like forty five, cloudy with twenty mph winds, and sporadic drizzle. The northern breeze could push the monarchs along their  southern migratory journey to Mexico, but the cold and rain will keep them in place until  the weather clears. They prefer a moderate to warm temperature, and rain on the wing  is not a butterfly’s friend.

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