Diario del proyecto The Diana Project: Diana Fritillary Conservation Status

09 de junio de 2024

Cancelled - Roston Butterfly House Road Trip

The trip planned to day to visit and learn from Mr. Barnhart at the Roston Butterfly House has been cancelled due to inclement weather in Springfield, MO. We will let you know when it is rescheduled.

Publicado el 09 de junio de 2024 por shawnhunter shawnhunter | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

08 de junio de 2024

The Diana Project is working!

As of June 1st The Diana Project appears to be successful with many thanks to all of you who are doing the leg work. I wanted to post this update to let you know our efforts to create pollinator awareness and encourage citizen science to increase The Diana's chance of survival during our first year are working. Here are some statistics to prove it:

✓ Over 800 people on the Facebook page and 87 on instagram.
✓ 187 members in The Diana Project here on iNaturalist
✓ This year to date we have 236 observations of Diana's. This is almost twice as many as the last 10 years of observations combined.
✓ 100 observers this year have seen Diana's and posted to iNaturalist which is 44 more than the last 10 years combined.
✓ 2392 visits to the website we published in June 2023 - Insights indicate 462 of those visitors went to the native plant list and 370 came to check out our project here on iNaturalist. There were 374 looking into "How to become an Arkansas Master Naturalist" with the remaining divided between social media, events, contact info and the resources list.

In one year The Diana Project has been very well received by other entities and we have had several cooperative opportunities.

• Fayetteville Public Library green roof - Native Plant and Pollinator Education Garden installation of The Diana Patch #1
• The Nature Conservancy (TNC) at Logan Springs Preserve - 500 plants donated by TNC and installed with the help of volunteers - The Diana Patch #2
• JB and Johnelle Hunt Ozark Highlands Nature Center (ONHC) - The Diana Patch #3 installation
• NW Arkansas Master Naturalist Native Plant Project - donated plants for ONHC and the Library as well as advice in plant selection for the green roof.
• The Ozark Society - provided cases of Lori Spencer's books to distribute for a discounted donation as a fundraiser
• Ozark Wild Ones - much appreciated native plant advice and research for the entire project
• Many of the local native plant nurseries understand the value, to their bottom line and to The Diana, of offering both violets and the special nectar plants to their customers. We have been working to try to coordinate both the selection, seed collections and marketing for them to be more successful.
• Pollinator Project & Bee Friendly Gardening - providing a resource list for us to use and spreading the word in their newsletter
• Arkansas Game and Fish (Nick Goforth) - For fact checking me as we go and answering a bazillion questions from me via email without ever once complaining.

I am constantly reminded by friends, volunteers and family that I can't save an entire species by myself. My answer to that is, "I can damn sure try!" But it is much more sustainable and likely to prove successful to have you all aiming for the same goal. All I can say is Thank-You! Thank-You! Thank-You!

Be sure to check out the updates on the website. There is a new link to the events coming up, a resource page with tons of ideas from prescribed burns to native plant nurseries and the updated research based nectar plant list for our specialist, The Diana.


Publicado el 08 de junio de 2024 por shawnhunter shawnhunter | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

23 de mayo de 2024

What about NWA?

Hello ʚïɞ watchers!
I am appealing to anyone able to get out and make an extra effort in the northern half of the state. Last year there was a confirmed sighting in Elm Springs and Fayetteville near Dean Solomon. It is critical that we locate NWA populations since it is getting hit the hardest by fragmented habitat. Really anywhere that is North of the expected sightings such as in the river valley. They may be few and far between so please make the effort. I am only one pair of boots so my territory is limited. Check graveyards, ANHC natural areas, The Nature Conservancy sites and AR Land Trust areas if you have one near you. 10am and 1pm are prime times!

Publicado el 23 de mayo de 2024 por shawnhunter shawnhunter | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

17 de mayo de 2024

16 de mayo de 2024

They're here!

I don't know how to post a link here but this is the very first Diana of the flight season!


Publicado el 16 de mayo de 2024 por shawnhunter shawnhunter | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

07 de mayo de 2024

On your mark, get set....

Any minute now! Looks like the earliest Diana in the history was sighted around May 11 so we are getting close. I saw thistles out today so there is food to be had. Has everyone got the Diana Primary plant list that wants it? Holler if you need it!

Publicado el 07 de mayo de 2024 por shawnhunter shawnhunter | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

15 de marzo de 2024

Wow. Just wow.

I have never seen so many violets as I did today. I am so excited to keep checking back at this location for The Diana. Most of the violets had little nibbles on the leaves!

According to https://nativeplantfinder.nwf.org/Plants/3455 there are 23 species of wildlife that depend on native violets. Something out there sure was!

If you are in NW Arkansas be sure to check out The Nature Conservancy's Logan Springs Preserve located at 15300 Osage Hill Rd, Siloam Springs, AR.

Publicado el 15 de marzo de 2024 por shawnhunter shawnhunter | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

14 de marzo de 2024

Pollinator Week - Call for Volunteers

Call for volunteers! June 17-23, 2004 at the amazing Ozark Natural Science Center near Huntsville, AR. The Diana Project needs folks to help teach and lead hikes or just fetch and clean. You can volunteer for a day or the whole week. Email me if you are interested!

Publicado el 14 de marzo de 2024 por shawnhunter shawnhunter | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

05 de marzo de 2024

We have a plant list!

Thanks to a study from Professor William Baltosser* we know The Diana is somewhat of a specialist AND we have a list of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary nectar plants. Lack of preferred food for adults may be playing a huge part in their struggles. Let's plant some of these this year! I have a google sheet to share if anyone wants access, just let me know by emailing me at CitizenScienceNWA@gmail.com

Primary Nectar Plants for Diana fritillary
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush/Globe Flower
Cirsium carolinianum Carolina/Soft Thistle
Cirsium discolor Field/Pasture Thistle
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower
Monarda fistulosa Beebalm/Wild Bergamot
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Slender Mountain Mint
Monarda russeliana Horsemint/Red Purple Beebalm
Keep in mind the LARVAL HOST PLANT of native Viola sp.

*Conservation Status and Genetic Variation of the Diana Fritillary, William H. Baltosser, Ph.D. – 10 April 2008

Publicado el 05 de marzo de 2024 por shawnhunter shawnhunter | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

05 de diciembre de 2023

December - Already a big month for The Diana Project!

We had a very well received interview with co-founder Shawn Hunter and Jack Travis, Reporter, Ozarks at Large on KUAF.
Listen to the interview here: https://www.kuaf.com/show/ozarks-at-large/2023-11-30/a-passion-for-pollinators-how-the-diana-project-aims-to-save-the-state-butterfly

Publicado el 05 de diciembre de 2023 por shawnhunter shawnhunter | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario