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My name is Angela Bergelt, creator of "Tiny Wings". I am a self-taught amateur backyard bird and butterfly photographer who recently relocated to Southwestern Arizona near the Estrella Mountains.    I am proud to say that most of the photos were taken by me in my tiny backyard when I lived in Southern Oregon.

In 2016, I learned about the iconic Monarch butterflies, their unbelievable migration and why they need OUR help.  The more I researched, the more Monarchs become my passion too.  Unfortunately, Monarchs across the nation are becoming extinct due to the lack of milkweed, the only plant the Monarch will lay her eggs on, and a number of environmental factors.  I  grew milkweed in my small garden and the Monarchs were frequent visitors from July through late October in Oregon.    Sadly, the Western Monarch population is down nearly 90% from the 1990s in 2021.   

I was  an active member of SOMA, Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates and became a "Monarch Ambassador" educating others about these amazing creatures and what people can do help their struggle.   I am also what is known as a  "citizen scientist" and participated in the Pacific Northwest Monarch Tagging Program out of Washington State University and have tagged Monarchs throughout the last several years to track their long migration.  I plan to become active with Monarch-related activities in Arizona as well.

In 2017, I had the great honor of producing a video story book on "Journey's Flight"; the true story of a Monarch raised and released by students in Sisters, Oregon and the amazing migration of over 800 miles to California.  This video can be viewed on this website.

My passion led me to exciting projects such as co-instructing Spring and Fall classes on Saving Our Monarchs and Other Polinators at the Southern Oregon University Osher Life-Long Learning Institute.   I also represented SOMA  at various events on Monarch education and outreach programs including Master Gardeners,  Living on Your Land Conference and the Siskiyou Field Institute.

Currently, I am on Board of Directors of the Western Monarch Advocates and helped administer the first Western Monarch Summit, held in Carmel, CA in 2020.  This sold-out event was the first time Western and Eastern Monarch experts and people from all walks of life came together to discuss conservation and plight of the Monarch butterfly.  WMA is hosting the first-ever International Monarch Summit, where 4 countries and 13 states will have representation in late January, 2023.    I am currently a member of the Southwest Monarch Study group and actively record and tag Monarch butterflies for their migration patterns in the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona.

I look forward to learning about Southwest Arizona and the desert habitat.  My camera is ready. 

Finally, enjoy a magical video of one of my "warriors" eclosing, I like to call the "The Monarch Eclosure Ballet".

You don't have to go far to find beauty; look in your own backyard.

Thanks for visiting Tiny Wings. 

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