Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2012
Regional Report


How to Raise Monarch Butterflies
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies by Carol Pasternak (Firefly Publishing, 2012, $19.95) is a step-by-step guide for children who are interested in the natural world. The book contains beautiful photographs illustrating the various stages of butterfly development. It is written in kid-friendly language and best of all, helps to enlarge the monarch population in your area. The book tells where too look for monarch eggs or larvae and how to care for and cultivate this magnificent insect. The amazing monarchs migrate thousands of miles, sometimes taking two or more generations to reach their destination. Illustrated, 48 pages including glossary and resources.

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i1015 Pelican Case for Personal Electronics
As you celebrate the return of spring in the garden or out in the yard, the last thing you want to worry about is the safety of your phone or MP3 player. Listen to music and have your phone handy with the i1015 case from Pelican Products (, a built-tough and virtually indestructible case made to protect your favorite gadgets from the elements.

The i1015 case is the strongest smart phone case on the market, designed for the iPhone, iPod and other smartphones like Droid and Blackberry. It features a clear lid that allows users to watch videos, look up gardening tips, or check playlists, and also has an external headphone jack for listening to music while the case is closed. Keep all earphones and cords organized with the built-in cable manager.
Additionally, the i1015 is waterproof and crushproof, making it perfect for use around sprinklers, shovels, and trowels.

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