A young oriole considers leaving the scene that is Minnesota. Peak migration for the Baltimore oriole is August and September.

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 Dustin Demmer showed me these Sullivant’s milkweed plants, which hosted not only monarch butterfly caterpillars, but their chrysalises, too. They were near Clark’s Grove.

Dustin Demmer showed me these Sullivant’s milkweed plants, which hosted not only monarch butterfly caterpillars, but their chrysalises, too. They were near Clark’s Grove.

 Dustin Demmer grows meadow blazing star plants, much to the delight of monarch butterflies.

Dustin Demmer grows meadow blazing star plants, much to the delight of monarch butterflies.

 A monarch butterfly on a meadow blazing star.

A monarch butterfly on a meadow blazing star.

 A kaleidoscope of monarch butterflies on the Jerry Demmer Farm.

A kaleidoscope of monarch butterflies on the Jerry Demmer Farm.

 A kaleidoscope of monarch butterflies on the Jerry Demmer Farm.

A kaleidoscope of monarch butterflies on the Jerry Demmer Farm.

 Monarch butterfly demonstrating a human characteristic — loafing.

Monarch butterfly demonstrating a human characteristic — loafing.

 A littleleaf linden tree growing on the Mayo Clinic grounds in Albert Lea.

A littleleaf linden tree growing on the Mayo Clinic grounds in Albert Lea.

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