Gretchen Daily

Ecologist Gretchen C. Daily is the Bing Interdisciplinary Scientist at Stanford University.

Napa Time

An excerpt from The New Economy of Nature by Gretchen C. Daily and Katherine Ellison

In a cattle pasture south of downtown Napa, Calif., a clarinet, flute, and bass guitar strike up a jazzy version of "Up a Lazy River." About sixty people, if you count the rubberneckers wandering over from a nearby retirement house, gather in the midsummer sun. Two young women in flowing dresses open paper boxes to release orange clouds of monarch butterflies. A few dogs wander through the crowd.