So Cal’s Painted Ladies

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Scientists estimate about 1 billion painted lady butterflies are currently flying north from the Mexican desert to reach breeding grounds in Oregon. (Courtesy Yale University)

The beginning of the week, I was stuck trying to make a morning left turn when I saw lots of smudges floating in the distance. Fire? I thought, while the light turned red once again. As I waited for my next chance to turn, the smudges turned into — butterflies, dozens and dozens flew past my windshield, being pushed skyward by the oncoming traffic. It was an amazing sight and I’m sure you’ve shared a similar one if you live here.

You can read more about this year’s incredible numbers here.

See you on the river, Jim Burns

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