Using a more personal narrative, I wrote a feature story about environmental protection for the student magazine Curb, published annually by UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Fall 2015 issue of Curb was produced in a class taught by Stacy Forster. I was a member of the Curb Online Team that won the Gold Award in the 2015 “Excellence in Journalism” contest sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club, in the category “Best Website Design (Collegiate).”
My story’s main characters are monarch butterflies raised in the backyard of Gary and Darcy Hess from tiny eggs to mature adults. Their efforts, supported by the organization Monarch Watch, help conserve a species whose unique annual migration from Canada and the northern U.S. to central Mexico is threatened by global warming and land use changes.
The image below links to my feature story. Hover your mouse over the right side of the video (below the image) to see a slideshow of the monarch’s life cycle (metamorphosis); for a longer version, click here.
For more information about monarch butterflies, click here to see a 4.5-minute time-lapse video (produced by Duncan Scott) of their metamorphosis; click here to see a 6-minute video (produced by Louie Schwartzberg for DisneyNature) of their migration to Mexico.