Olivia in Field

Looking Down

As my EFTA Monarch Internship comes to a close, I am reminiscing on all of the wonders of nature I had the chance to interact with over the past month.  I completed 7 plots through 4 Burn Units at Dyess Air Force Base, spanning the base from North to South.  Throughout those plots, I was fortunate to find monarch larvae and eggs on Antelope Horn Milkweed.  While hunting for the milkweed, I came across many other insect species and pollinators thriving in the fields of Dyess Air Force Base.  

Being out in the field felt like a break from reality.  While it may just seem like a simple meadow, life is so broad within it.  I was introduced to so many new creatures I had never seen before, and that I may never see again.  I saw many species of butterfly’s, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles, bees, and caterpillars.  Their environment may seem small to us, but to them it is an entire kingdom, each species playing a crucial role in the delicate balance of nature.  As I observed them going about their daily lives, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe for the complexity of the natural world.  

This experience served as a reminder of how interconnected living beings all are, and how much there is to discover when you just look down. 

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