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Western Monarch Butterfly Day ~ Learn about Monarch Butterflies!

Celebrate Western Monarch Butterfly Day At Mile Square Regional Park

Monarch Butterfly

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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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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4th Annual Monarch Day

Fourth Annual Monarch Butterfly Day

Saturday, February 2
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708 For more information:
(714) 973-6600 or email milesquare@ocparks.com

Remember to bring your cameras!

Male Monarch Butterfly on Daisy

Western Monarch Butterfly (male)

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 fourth annual Monarch Butterfly Day event at Mile Square Park!

The free event takes place in the Butterfly Garden inside the park’s Camp Sycamore located near parking lot E. Children can assist in planting more than 150 native 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, a balloon artist and guided nature walks. Each child will receive native seeds to plant in the butterfly garden or take home and plant to continue to help build safe habitats for Monarch Butterflies and other creatures.
Recommended for ages four to 12.

Download or Print Monarch Day Flyer

Rain will cancel event!

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California Western Monarch Day ~ February 5th

Monarchs overwintering at Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove, California

Western Monarchs Overwintering at Pismo Beach, California

February 5 is California Western Monarch Day, established by the state Legislature in 2004.  California Western Monarch Day celebrates the annual migratory return of the Western Monarch Butterfly to the central coast of California to spend the winter during October through March.

Thousands of Western Monarch Butterflies overwinter on the California coast each year.  One of the most popular spots for the Western Monarchs is Pismo Beach, California.  As of January, 23 , 2012 the count is more than 23,000 monarchs at the Pismo Beach Grove. The migration draws many visitors along the central coast.  The migration of the monarch butterfly is studied and celebrated by school children in California, across the United States, and in Mexico.

EVENTS

Mile Square Regional Park ~ Saturday, February 4th, 2012

This is the 2rd annual Monarch Butterfly Day at Mile Square Park. Children and families are welcome to come learn about the California Western Monarch Butterfly and its habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures while they flutter through the Butterfly Garden and inside a netted butterfly enclosure in the park’s Camp Sycamore. Children can help the Butterfly Garden continue to grow by planting native plants in the garden to attract Monarch Butterflies. More than 140 plants will be available for planting on February 4th. Butterfly experts will also be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens.  Additional event activities include children’s crafts, face painting, guided nature walks through Mile Square Regional Park’s nature area. Each child in attendance will receive native seeds as a take away to continue to help build safe habitats for Monarch Butterflies and other creatures.

Event Time: 10:00 to 2:00
Event Fee: Event is free
Parking Fee: $5 per vehicle
Age: Recommended for ages 4 to 12
Special Instructions: Please be advised rain will cancel the event.

Mile Square Park
16801 Euclid
Fountain Valley, California 92708
(714)973-6600 or (714)973-3197

Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove ~ Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Plans are in place for a joyful celebration of Western Monarch Day at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. There will be butterfly talks and educational booths for adults, as well as art activities for children. The main attraction, however, is the thousands of Monarchs hanging in huge clusters from the eucalyptus and pine trees in the grove. The grove will remain open through the month of February from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with docents providing daily talks at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. For more information, please visit www.monarchbutterfly.org

Times: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Parking: Free
Admission Fee: Free

Monarch Butterfly Grove
Monarch Butterfly Grove, Hwy. 1
Pismo Beach, California
(805) 773.7034

Citizen Science Butterfly Count in Limestone Canyon ~ February 5th, 2012

Join staff and local butterfly experts on IRC’s annual butterfly count! We will be recording number and types of butterflies encountered along the trails of Limestone Canyon. Our butterfly count will provide a benchmark estimate of diversity and number of these beautiful insects to compare to future local surveys and to larger patterns being compiled nationwide. Be prepared to learn about some new species if you’re new to this activity, or to share your appreciation and knowledge of butterflies.

Time: 8:30 AM
Activity Type: Citizen Science
Distance: 2+ miles
Duration: 5 hour(s)
Guided: Docent-Led
Reservations needed
Event is limited to space, please visit the IRC’s Website to sign up for a reservation.

They are a breath of beauty fluttering by They are mystery chronicled upon wing They bring forth the grace and wonder of this world to our eyes everyday ~K. D’Angelo

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NABA 4th of July Butterfly Counts

Celebrating its 36th year in 2010, the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Butterfly Count Program is a long-term citizen-scientist project, involving almost 500 counts and thousands of volunteers throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Volunteers select a count area with a 15-mile diameter count circle and assemble a group to conduct a one-day census, of all butterflies sighted within that circle.

Butterfly Counts are usually held around the fourth of July. To learn more about them click the star spangled butterfly above. For free down-loadable 4th of July Butterfly coloring pages click on the Star-Spangled Butterfly coloring page below.

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Fly Away Palos Verdes Blue!

Photo: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times


The rare Palos Verdes Blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis) took flight on a wind-swept bluff of the Palos Verdes peninsula in Southern California on Saturday, March 7th 2010.  Then another. Then another! Conservationists released 80 endangered butterflies in all, each bred in captivity, venture into the wild.

It was a big step into saving the Palos Verdes Blue butterfly from extinction.  This butterfly’s life is short, living for five to 10 days, it must work quickly to reproduce. During it’s short life, it must find nectar for energy, chose a mate, locate it’s host plant, locoweed (Astragalus trichopodes var. lonchus) and finally lay eggs for the survival of it’s species.

There are now as many as 10,000 Palos Verdes Blues compared to 1994 when they were at the brink of extinction.  Still, they face years of conservationist’s help before they can be removed from the federal list of endangered species.

A big thanks to conservationist at the The Urban Wildlands Group.  The UWG is dedicated to the conservation of species, habitats, and ecological processes in urban and urbanizing areas.

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History of The Endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly

El Segundo Blue ButterflyIn 1927, a plane piloted by Charles Lindbergh and humorist Will Rogers landed on a dirt runway east of the El Segundo dunes.  The site was eventually chosen as the Los Angeles International Airport.

By the 1950’s a subdivision covered much of the El Segundo Blue habitat, right under the flight path of LAX airport.

In 1973, the president of the United States signed into law the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the world’s only legal prohibition against the extinction of other species, even those as small and localized as the El Segundo Blue butterfly.

In 1975, thanks to members of the conservation group, the Xerxes Society, Standard Oil Company agreed to fence off and manage their small portion of the El Segundo Blue habitat.  This was the first formal butterfly reserve in California.

In 1976, the El Segundo Blue (Euphilotes battoides allyni) was listed as protected under the Endangered Species Act.

In 1991 the Los Angeles City Council voted that two hundred acres of the dune system be permanently preserved.

El Segundo BlueThirty-three years after being classified an endangered species, the El Segundo Blue butterfly is flourishing once again on 200 acres of sand dunes near Los Angeles International Airport.

In 2009 the endangered El Segundo blue surprises scientists by rebounding and expanding its range in the South Bay.

The size of a thumbnail, the El Segundo Blue butterfly stays close to it’s host plant, Seacliff buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium), also called dune eriogonum or dune buckwheat.

Seacliff Buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium)Seacliff buckwheat is among the many buckwheat species we have in southern California.  Seacliff buckwheat is typically found on dunes and bluffs along the coastal communities from San Diego County up to Monterey County.  Like many other buckwheats, although its main blooming season is during the summer, some blooms may be observed at almost any time during the year ranging in color from a rosy pink to white and then to a deep coppery bronze when dry.

Plant some Seacliff Buckwheat in your garden today… More seacliff buckwheat would mean more El Segundo Blues!

Excerpts from one of my favorite books, An Obsession With Butterflies ~ Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect by Sharman Apt Russell
Photos and text excerpts the LA Times article “Reaching New Heights” July 30, 2009 ~ http://www.latimes.com
posted by Vickie

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