Western Monarch Butterfly Day

8th Annual Western Monarch Butterfly Day

Monarch Butterfly on Pentas

WHEN: Saturday, February 11 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
For more information:
(714) 973-6600 or email
milesquare@ocparks.com

OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about
Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with
an up-close look at the magnificent creatures at the
eighth annual Monarch Butterfly Day!
The free event takes place in the Forest Shelter near
parking lot C. Children can learn about planting plants
to attract Monarch Butterflies. Participants can also go
inside a netted butterfly enclosure.
Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational
information and answer questions about the beautiful
and unique specimens.
Additional activities include interpretive programs,
children’s crafts, face painting and a balloon artist.
Recommended for ages four to 12. Remember to bring
your cameras!

Event is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
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Fairy Garden Lore… The Magic of Miniature Fairy Gardening

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Close your eyes tight

Sprinkle a little Fairy Dust

Now open them to a Childlike Reverie

Where each twilight twinkle

Is an invitation to dream

~K. D’Angelo

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Fairies, Pixies or Sprites; it matters not what you call them, as almost every culture has discovered these Wee Folk existing just within the boundaries of their imagination.

Throughout the ages, Fays, as they were first named in western European folklore, have been sighted in the dreamy glens of our minds. Into every season these timeless Fancies fly, often bringing upon wing, acts of kindness and sometimes a bit of cheeky mischief too.

A basket of berries trifled with, freshly hung laundry unpinned or fragrant rose buds gone missing, all may be the doings of glittering yet elusive Imps.

Peek down a Fairy’s Path to glimpse a clever and fleeting Sprite slipping away on the back of a merry butterfly or keen-witted field mouse.

 

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Although these tiny Echoes often engage in much tomfoolery, they are most inclined to charitable deeds. Showing up like rainbows during a storm, good-natured Fairies will tenderly attend a gentle Soul who is downtrodden.

Lavender garnished wreaths, chamomile teas or even sun-dipped honey dew might be left at the doorstep of one who has taken ill in hopes of delivering some healing cheer.

Adoring of youngsters, due to their pure and jovial ways, Fairies also delight in misting a magical sparkle which softly tickles little toeses and noses.

A babe’s mirthful laughter is to a Fae as nectar is to the bee, and it is said that every time a toddler giggles a Fairy is born.

A very special Fairy Dust, fashioned with Love, also carries musical blessings upon breeze.

These wind-whispered lullabies may be heard not only by children, but by all young-at-heart who truly Believe.

 

mushroom house fairy boy

 

fairy with tree wWhether celebrated or not, Fairies, have always lived on the edge of our realities and in the beds of our gardens too! Fairy Garden lore, it is thought, evolved overtime as our needs to either please or play with Mythicals came about.

Strolling the historical Fairy’s Path we see ethereal gardens of yore where mushroom inspired Fairy Rings became gateways to hidden realms.

Within these mysterious circles, tiny treasures of colored stones or perfumed petals were often lain to appease impish Elementals or beguile friendly Fairies.

 

 

 

 

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fairy resting on chairToday, just as in the past, Fairy Gardening spirits us to fanciful place of charms and wonder. Set out some miniature décor, petite garden plants and just a touch of whimsy to invite enchanted Fairies into your world.

A lavish and grand garden space is not necessary to build a Fairy Garden. In fact, Brownie folk are more partial to snug and nestled settings.

This means that whether you reside in town or country, flat or cottage, you can dream up and design your very own Fairy Garden.

There are no rules to follow when creating a Fairy Garden, except that it is essential you incorporate your most imaginative artistry.

Indoors, outdoors, in an over-sized teacup, flowerbed, wheel barrel or pot; Fairies will appear anywhere there is an abundance of romantic reverie to be found.

 

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fairy in ladleMiniature furnishings and garden foliage will enhance any Fairy Garden you might conjure.

Small appointments, such as, itty scalloped fencing and bitty stepping stones set the stage for a dwarfed land, where slight benches, gazebos and bistro sets are perfect settings for Pixies picnics. And what Nisse can keep from tinkering with teeny accessories.

Yeabig watering cans, birdbaths and gazing balls will entice many a Fairy into your garden.  Sprite’s curious and inquisitive natures simply will not allow them to resist such sweet trinkets.

Mini moss topped inns offer warmth to wee travelers who may sojourn your garden. Fun-wearied and plum worn out, they will blithely thank you for providing them such cozy shelters.

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Also complimentary to Lilliputian landscapes are miniature scaled garden plants.

Delicate foliage, such as fine shrubbery or lacy vines adorn any proper Fairyland.

Dainty but bright flora which serenades and bids a bonnie welcome to any winged passers-by is also a must.

Use Baby Tears Moss, Elfin Thyme and Mini Cranesbill to embellish your Fairy Haven.

Blue Star Creeper, Sweet Alyssum and Australian Violet are fair additions as well.

 

 

 

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A Garden Borne of Love

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Awakening a symphony of treasure

Vibrant blooms burst rich arbor

Wind moves treetops in measure

Heaven winks glimmered light

Upon water frolicked stone

Angels hymn a fairied wing

In arrangement of butterfly flown

Breeze and chime divine song

Eden waltzes with verdant blue

Forever fancies a feathered chorus

Paradise is born of melodic hue

 

 

fairy dancing in garden

Peaceful and serene, Paradise calls to all light-hearted seekers of beauty and grace; children, young and old alike, woodland creatures; deer, bunnies, butterflies, birds, gnomes and fairies too!

Whether your Garden Haven be miniature or vast, it will always be divine when fashioned and sustained with Love…

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A special thank you to M & M Nursery in Orange, CA for allowing me to photograph and post your darling fairy garden designs, and, also to artist James Browne for the inspiration and usage of his sweet illustrations! ~K. D’Angelo

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Bonny that you stopped by… Please feel free to leave a comment…

Thanks for keeping the magic alive and Happy Fairy Gardening!

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Watch our video and enjoy a magical journey through Fairyland!

COME TO FAIRY LAND VIDEO

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Spring Celebration Butterfly Give-A-Way

Painted Lady Butterfly Spring Contest

Painted Lady Butterfly

Spring begins March 20, 2015!

In celebration of Spring, I thought it would be fun to have a Butterfly Give-A-Way!  There will be 3 lucky winners!
Each winner will receive a Butterfly Larvae Kit, which contains 6 tiny painted lady caterpillars, food and instructions on raising your tiny caterpillars to adult painted lady butterflies!
Winners will be chosen randomly from the Facebook comments by RANDOM.ORG

To qualify:

1. “Like” Obsession With Butterflies on Facebook
2. Leave a comment filling in the blank: I love butterflies because________.
That’s it!

Giveaway will close at 4:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Winners will be announced on this page. Good luck!

For information on our Butterfly Larvae Kit visit: Obsession With Butterflies

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Only a couple days left to get your comments in!  Butterfly Give A Way Contest

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Western Monarch Butterfly Day ~ Learn about Monarch Butterflies!

Celebrate Western Monarch Butterfly Day At Mile Square Regional Park

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Monarch Butterfly on Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate

 

Learn about Monarch Butterflies at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, California

Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Orange County Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures at the fifth annual Monarch Butterfly Day! This free event takes place in the Butterfly Garden inside the park’s Camp Sycamore located near parking lot E. Children can assist in planting plants to attract Monarch Butterflies. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure for a fluttering experience!

Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens. Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting, a balloon artist and guided nature walks.

Event Fee: Free
Parking Fee: 5.00
Age: recommended for ages 4 to 12 years old

Where:
Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714)973-6600 or (714)973-3197

 

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Butterfly Queens at Burning Man Arts and Music Festival

Dreams of the Last Butterflies, an upcoming epic short film.

Dreams of the Last Butterflies received over $36,000 in funding of which became one of Kickstarter’s top 10 most funded projects for a short film ever!

Dreams of the Last Butterflies is a unique vision with a powerful environmental message, full of wonder, dreams, and otherworldly performers. Combining cutting-edge cinematography, fantastical costumes, epic faerie-tale poetry, and a sizzling electronica soundtrack, it will feature stunning performances by tribal belly-dancers, ballet stars, fire masters, contortionists, and many more. Dreams of the Last Butterflies is a tale about the loss of butterflies in our world, and why they are disappearing – as told by the last Butterfly Queens themselves. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Zina Brown
The Butterfly Queens

The Butterfly Queens are going to Burning Man!

Burning Man is one of the world’s largest arts and music festivals, held annually in the Nevada desert.  It’s a truly incredible event, drawing nearly 60,000 people – they come together from all over the world to create a city of dreams that rises spectacularly from the desert floor.  What better place for all 7 of Butterfly Queens to appear with their majestic wings, dancing in a desert sunrise!

For those lucky enough to be attending the Burning Man Festival this year, be sure to remember this time:  Friday morning, August 30th, right at sunrise in front of this year’s amazing pyramid Temple of Whollyness.  This is the *only* moment of the event the Butterfly Queens will emerge briefly from the dream-world, to dance for everyone and share their magic, so you definitely won’t want to miss it! They will be arriving in truly impressive style – on the deck of a massive, absolutely incredible Steampunk Airship!!  The wonderful creators of the Airpusher’s Steampunk Airship have kindly offered our Butterfly Queens a ride to the Temple so they can reserve their energy for their dance.  So when dawn is about to break, keep an eye out for the beautiful Airship gliding across the playa, and you will see the Butterflies Queens aboard.

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Caring for your Chrysalis

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A minute speck of life is set upon a leaf,
out crawls a miracle, a butterfly to be… 

 

girl with chyrsalisCongratulations!! You are now the proud and fleeting caregiver of a pre-emergent Butterfly…

To ensure your butterfly’s safe passage from chrysalis to adult you will need to provide a proper shelter in which the final stages of metamorphosis may occur.

Whether you have received your chrysalis in a pre-made environment or not, be sure that your butterfly will have room enough to fully expand its wings upon its emergence from the chrysalis. This is very important, for if the unfolding wings are cramped and unable to spread out, they may dry warped and your butterfly may not be able to take its maiden flight.

A clear plastic cup measuring at least 16 oz in size is suitable for this purpose. You will also need, if your chrysalis is not already attached to one, a stick for your newly animated butterfly to climb up and rest upon.

A cover which is porous and allows for minimal air flow is also necessary. Wedding veil, burlap, thin tissue or even coffee filters all work well as makeshift lids. String, ribbon or rubber bands are also excellent for holding a top in place which will safely keep the butterfly until it is ready to be released.

Once you have your chrysalis set up in a secure container then there is not much to do but simply sit back and enjoy watching Mother Nature work her magic…

 

monarch on pink flowerMaster magician, munching to and fro, a caterpillar works illusions till the end of his show!

 

The average chrysalis takes about a week to 10 days to emerge but depending on the season and species this can vary greatly. You may need to be patient and investigate further before giving up on an “apparently” non-emergent chrysalis. Read up on the specific kind of butterfly you are raising to note it’s average time period for the chrysalis stage. You can also gently wiggle the chrysalis to determine it is still flexible and alive. If it feels ridged and is hollow sounding when lightly tapped, then it may no longer be viable.

Take precaution to place your container in a safe place inside your home. It is not recommended to leave a chrysalis outdoors as ants and other critters may discover it. Keep your butterfly near a window or in a sunny room, however, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, as excessive heat could create a damaging environment.

After some time you will notice the chrysalis begin to darken. This is normal and usually indicates that the butterfly is ready to make its entrance. Once the butterfly has come out it will need to hang in the cup in order to dry its wings. You may notice a couple of drops of reddish-orange fluid dripping from the butterfly. This is nothing to worry about. The droppings are only excess fluid that the butterfly needs to release so that it may become lighter and able to flitter away.

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A self made sanctuary, a place for change and growth, a chrysalis is created in anticipation of both…  

 

Do not attempt to handle or release the butterfly until its wings have completely dried. Factors such as temperature and humidity can influence how long the drying process will take, but if the butterfly begins to flutter its wings with ease then this usually is a good indication that they are set.

When you are ready to free your butterfly, be sure to step outside into a natural environment as the butterfly may be eager to soar away. Carefully cut the rubber band or other binding away from the cup and gently flip back the covering.

chrysalis containerYou may use either a twig or your own finger to aid the butterfly in its release. No matter which method you prefer, remember to try not to touch the butterfly’s wings as this could cause permanent damage.

To set your butterfly free, gently place your finger or a twig in front of and slightly above the butterfly’s front two legs. The butterfly will step up and onto whichever object you provide as it fulfills it natural tendency to climb upward.

If your butterfly is not wanting to fly off, then this could be a perfect time to take some great pictures! Most newly emerged butterflies are typically not shy of humans and make great subjects when posing for a photograph.

When you have finished enjoying your beautiful friend, place it in a sunny location. Here the butterfly may bask in the warmth for a while, before gracefully soaring off into a new world.

 

Soar like the spirited Butterfly, who is as passionate upon tattered wing, as she was on her maiden flight…

 

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Butterfly Education Day at San Clemente State Beach

Butterfly Education Day at San Clemente State Beach is a worthwhile event to educate and celebrate our successful community stewardship of Butterfly Trail, a recognized monarch butterfly overwintering bivouac site in Orange County.

This event will include a butterfly tent, live exhibits, speakers, face painting, crafts and guided trail hikes and more!  Perfect day for the whole family.  Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park.

The free event ($5 for parking) is sponsored by the San Onofre Foundation in celebration of the successful community stewardship effort along Butterfly Trail and to further engage the public through educational outreach. What is accomplished on the trail through civic, school, and agency partnerships is something that makes our entire community proud.

We’re fortunate that the San Onofre Foundation (SOF) has created this unique opportunity to promote State Parks’ educational and interpretive resources through this event. In addition to partnering with California State Parks, the SOF has received grant support from the National Environmental Education Foundation’s Every Day Event Grant program made possible by Toyota.

For more information visit: sanofoundation.org

 

 

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