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BugLady in the News and on the Air

During the Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater New Orleans July 2020 meeting, I gave my first ZOOM presentation about Caroline Dormon, Louisiana Pioneer Woman! She was a fascinating and inspiring person whose many talents rose her to worldwide fame. Enjoy!

Baton Rouge Audubon Society third quarter newsletter has printed THREE of my articles for you to enjoy!
"Downtown Butterflies", "Caroline Dormon, The Louisiana Pioneer Woman" and "Migrating Monarchs"! 
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The BugLady’s Butterfly Summer: How to attract butterflies with native plants
In today’s high-tech, fast-paced culture, many people are removed from nature. In “BugLady’s Butterfly Summer,” Auld offers examples of how we can connect with nature and begin to see the small things that make life fascinating and mysterious.
Every Saturday in September, Auld will be at various nurseries throughout metropolitan New Orleans and beyond. She will offer tips about how to attract butterflies by planting easy-to-grow native plants.

Woman aims to increase Monarchs - Planting seeds, spreading wings
APR 15, 2015 - Article By C.J. FUTCH

Photo provided by Noah Simon. Caterpillars eat milkweed, their only source of food.

"Linda Auld is known around New Orleans for two things: bugs and butterflies.
Her reputation and mission are spreading to the Baton Rouge area..." Read the rest of the article.



Spring Garden Show and the Monarch Butterfly
Linda Auld is working to save the Monarch butterfly.
 Craig Kraemer

Linda Auld is New Orleans' "Bug Lady" and owner of Barber Laboratories. This year, Linda is particularly excited about the 2014 Spring Garden Show in City Park. Linda will have a garden show booth that will feature the Monarch butterfly and offer information about attracting these beautiful, beneficial creatures. In this podcast, Linda points out that the Monarch, which is our country's national butterfly, is in real trouble. She explains that the primary culprit is loss of habitat, particularly in Mexico. In addition, the United States has experienced long stretches of severe cold weather; as a result, milkweed, the Monarch's only food source, is in short supply. To help the Monarchs and ensure that these distinctive butterflies continue to thrive to add grace and beauty to our gardens and our lives, Linda is selling packets of milkweed seeds for everyone to plant. Milkweeds are very easy to grow and Linda hopes that even those who have never been particularly interested in bugs and butterflies will stop by her booth at the Spring Garden Show on April 5-6 at City Park's Botanical Garden. Visitors to the booth will be surprised at what they learn about our butterflies, including how these delicate creatures are tagged.

Listen to the podcast here.

'Project Monarch' teaches schoolchildren the wonder of monarch butterflies
Sheila Stroup, The Times-Picayune  SEP 13, 2014

Linda Auld has embarked on a butterfly adventure, and she's taking lots of children with her. Fifteen schools in the New Orleans area have newly planted fall gardens in their schoolyards filled with plants aimed at attracting monarch butterflies and kids.

"We want to open kids' eyes to the wonders of nature, to learning and discovering," Auld says. Read the full article.