When you are out on a hike or walk you might see a butterfly. Did you know that somebody wants to know what you saw? Tracking the Monarch butterfly is important to the success of the species. There are over 80 groups, agencies, and universities participating in gathering data about migration. People can report when they see butterflies, estimate how many they saw, and the direction they were flying.

From a science point of view there can never be enough data. And with the help of everyone we can collect more data, document events that might be significant, and monitor the overall health of the species.

There are many ways to collect data on your phone or a paper log. Here one to get you started. The next link is a list for more opportunities to contribute more.

start tracking the Moncarchs

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When we posted about the Hiking Project there were 123,242 miles of trails in the database. That is a lifetime of hikes. Inside the project, you will find details about the routes that include pictures, descriptions, maps, and reviews. Use all this information to know beforehand whether a trail will be too strenuous, rugged, or long. Just looking at the Elevation graphic on the bottom of the MAP will tell you the difficulty.

You can also add your own trail discoveries into the project. The more details you provide the better it will be for everyone.

link: hikingproject.com/mapping



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The activity can benefit elite athletes and people with chronic illnesses alike. Here’s what it’s all about as told by USAtoday.

“Nordic Walking is exciting because it burns up to 40 percent more calories than regular walking, reduce knee and joint stress, boost oxygen consumption” “can be therapeutic for a wide range of health conditions, including fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a condition in which people’s damaged nerves can make it difficult to sense the ground when walking, but using poles changes that.”

By Anna Medaris Miller

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the idea was to make a shoe to help his mom who could not easily tie her own laces. what got invented is a shoe you put your foot in then stomp to tighten the laces. no knot to learn to tie. nothing gets tangled. no hands required. and the laces are supposed to be unbreakable. the ZeroTie shoe comes in sizes for kids, women and men.