Here to welcome you to July is the barred owl! This nocturnal bird eats small mammals and is known to have an interesting courtship dance. “Who cooks for you?” is the classic phrase to help remember the call of the barred owl!
Fun Fact: Although seen as symbols of wisdom in Western culture, the Anishinabe often see owls as signs of death.
Many species of insect feed on the fragrant, nectariferous flowers these plants produce. These are a popular plant in butterfly gardens, which have increased in number over the years as a way to combat declining monarch butterfly populations.
Fun fact: Milkweed oil from the seeds can be converted into cinnamic acid and function as a very potent sunscreen when used at a 1-5% concentration.
This perennial herbaceous plant is poisonous, as it can cause cardiac arrest if ingested. Stay away from this one, folks!
Fun fact: Although Indian Hemp can be toxic, tea from the roots has been used in some traditional medicine to treat several conditions, including headache, earache, nausea, insanity, edema, jaundice, anxiety, diarrhea, constipation, and urinary difficulties.