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Travel to Texas This Spring to See Record Numbers of Monarch Butterflies

Texas could see around 300 million monarch butterflies this spring following what Travel + Leisure described as “the biggest wildflower bloom.

So if you were considering a trip to Texas this spring, you have yet another reason to go.Every spring, bluebonnets bloom throughout central Texas, especially in Hill Country, a picturesque region outside of Austin thats also known for its vineyards. According to Southern Living, The region experienced an above average rainfall this winter, which could lead to a megabloom.The megabloom, in turn, is expected to attract a record numbers of butterflies during their migration from Mexico to Canada.Photo by Roberta Guillen on Unsplash“Figures show the highest number of hectares covered since at least 2006,” Craig Wilson, director of the USDA Future Scientists Program and senior research associate in the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at Texas AM, told Texas AM Today.

“Monarch numbers are usually measured in hectares, so that means about 15 acres are being used for their breeding grounds in northern Mexico. That’s a really positive sign, especially since their numbers have been down in recent years.According to Wilson, milkweed is essential for monarch butterflies, and luckily its in plentiful supply in central Texas. Hes encouraging Texas residents to plant milkweed in their gardens now.Hoping to see the wildflowers while theyre in bloom? Southern Living reports that the best place to see them is in Big Bend National Park, which is in the western part of the state on the Mexican border.Just dont be one of those tourists behaving badly who caused the closure of Lake Eslinor, California during the poppy superbloom.

 

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A world isolated from life by 1400km

“Stay at least 200m away from the whaling station – it’s filled with asbestos and the roofs could literally blow off,” warned expedition leader Nate Small,
The displays inside contain some stark figures: 175,250 whales were processed on South Georgia between 1904 and 1965, when the industry collapsed due to over-hunting and developments in the petrochemicals industry.If you consider the Antarctic region as a whole and include the many factory ships’ that processed whales on board, almost 1.5 million whales were killed between 1904 and 1978, when hunting of the species eventually ended.Whale populations haven’t recovered. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) says blue whale numbers in the southern hemisphere have fallen from as many as 200,000 to the low thousands’; fin whales have undergone a similar decline.
There are an estimated 60,000 humpbacks in the southern hemisphere, but this is also far lower than the pre-whaling era. In September 2018, IWC plans for a South Atlantic whaling sanctuary were rejected by pro-whaling countries.Japan later announced it will resume commercial whaling for the first time in three decades, prompting global outrage. It’s a bittersweet irony in that it was a terrible, brutal industry, yet nature took its sweet revenge by reclaiming it The plight of the whales is undeniably bleak, but in other respects, South Georgia has become an improbable model of conservation.

One of the world’s largest marine reserves, the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area, was created here in 2012 to protect more than one million sq km of the surrounding waters, while seal numbers have bounced back: the island now has 98% of the world’s Antarctic fur seals and roughly 50% of its elephant seals.South Georgia also has 30 million breeding pairs of seabirds.

During my visit, I spent a morning at St Andrews Bay in the company of 400,000 king penguins one of four penguin species found on the island and an afternoon on Prion Island, an important breeding site for wandering albatrosses. Last year, South Georgia was declared rodent-free after a pioneering eradication programme, which the authorities hope will allow birds like the endemic South Georgia pipit and South Georgia pintail to flourish.

Despite the profusion of wildlife, it was the island’s whaling heritage that remained foremost in my mind as I sailed out of Grytviken. When you walk about these stations all you see are these rusting boilers, blubber cookers and bone saws, Coulthard said.It’s a bittersweet irony in that it was a terrible, brutal industry, yet nature took its sweet revenge by reclaiming it. It’s a reminder that nature doesn’t need human beings; we need nature.

This trip was made possible by Polar Latitudes. Trips to South Georgia are also available through Quark Expeditions, One Ocean Expeditionsand National Geographic Expeditions, among other operators.Join more than three million BBC Travel fans by liking us on , or follow us on and Instagram.If you liked this story, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”.A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

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The food ministry never issued import permits for Indian mango pulp

The government didn’t issue any import permits for expired Indian mango pulp, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahabzada . Speaking to SAMAA TV on its show Naya Din on Friday, he said neither the Department of Plant Protection nor the Plant Protection Release Order issued any import permits for the entry of expired Indian mango pulp in the country.He said the ministry is taking up the matter with the Federal Board of Revenue and Punjab food authorities to find out what happened and take action. “Our department has no information regarding the import, however, the mango pulp might have been imported illegally,” said Sultan.

He said the National Food Security and Research Ministry’s job is to only control imports and issue permits. “Our job is only to control and issue the permits for imports, which in this case we have not.We are now taking up the matter with the FBR and Punjab food authorities to control and cease its distribution to other cities of Pakistan.”Related: Pakistan doesn’t consume tomatoes from India Earlier in a letter to the ministry, All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association Patron-in-Chief Waheed Ahmed said that some officials in the Import Clearance Department of the Pakistan Customs had allowed the import of Indian mango pulp from Oman.
The product was rejected by Oman because it was expired.“And now the same product is being supplied to various cities in Punjab via trucks after travelling through Sindh,” said Ahmed on Naya Din.“Around 200 to 250 tons of Indian mango pulp packed in blue drums with a pasted packing list of expiry dates of December 12, 2018, and January 2019 was found in Faisalabad,” he said. The association chief mentioned that the expired product was dangerous for human consumption and in extreme cases could result in death.

Recently, numerous incidences of death have been reported due to consumption of expired food in restaurants and hotels.“Expired mango pulp and the concentrate is also a source of spreading major diseases among consumers leading to human sufferings and deaths,” the letter read, adding that expired mango pulp can be used to make juices and jams.We don’t need your tomatoes, Punjab agriculture minister tells IndiaAhmed said that “the illegal import of Indian product is also a threat to the local industry as earlier smaller sized mangos from Pakistan were used to make the pulp.” He remarked that agricultural imports from India pose a threat to Pakistan’s economy and local pulp industry.

“Pakistan is an agricultural country and has invested heavily to not only meet local demand but also earned valuable foreign exchange through export in international markets,” he said.The Pakistan Fruits and Vegetable Exporters, Imports and Merchants Association patron-in-chief urged the government to find those responsible for “playing with human lives” and thoroughly investigate the matter.
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Arts center apologizes for calling off discussion panel on ‘Miss Saigon’

A Wisconsin arts center apologized Thursday for canceling a discussion panel about “Miss Saigon” hours before it was to take place.“First and foremost, we apologize for postponing last night’s event,” Ed Holmes, senior vice president for equity and innovation at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, said in a statement.“That was a mistake.”Holmes said the center canceled the panel out of concern that it was “becoming more of a lecture than a dialogue.”

New York: Miss Saigon returns to Broadway with bright, young Star.The panel, called “Asian American Perspectives on ‘Miss Saigon’: Stereotypes, History and Community,” was called to discuss long-standing issues surrounding the musical. The center said it would reschedule the event.”Miss Saigon,” about a young Vietnamese woman orphaned during the Vietnam War who has a child with an American soldier, has been a source of limited work for Asian-American performers, often allowing them to work on other projects. But it also has been criticized for its white-savior narrative, its portrayal of Asian women as sexual objects and as needing to be “saved,” and the emasculation and dehumanization of Asian men.

“We had said that education was really important in contextualizing the play so when people go to see it they have a sense of this history and they understand why Asian Americans have organized to protest it in the past,” Lori Lopez, an associate professor of Asian-American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who helped organize the panel, said by phone.The panelists and moderator scheduled to participate in the panel included professors from Asian-American studies programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota, a speaker from a local nonprofit, and an official from the Overture Center, where a touring version of “Miss Saigon” is scheduled to perform April 2 to 7.

“We’re scholars. We give talks all the time.This is the kind of conversation we’re really used to hosting,” Lopez said of the event cancellation. “We were upset because we had put so much work into it.”Several panel organizers decided to host a “teach-in” about the musical outside the center Wednesday night.After the “teach-in” was announced, the Overture Center offered the speakers the use of a space, which the speakers declined.Holmes said in the statement that the center has reinvited the panelists for an event scheduled to take place on April 24, after the show’s run in Madison.

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