A Celebration of Monarchs
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Come enjoy a wonderful interactive day learning about the Monarch’s remarkable life history, the perils they face, and how you can help save them by sowing seed balls of their nectar and host plants which we’ll make in class. During the Fall, the magnificent Monarchs migrate thousands of miles to overwinter in the mountains of central Mexico. The Monarchs who live west of the Rockies migrate to groves of trees right here along the California coast. They need food along the way and something to eat when they arrive. In the Spring, it’s the next generation of Monarchs who’ll make the return journey; they’ll need to eat as well. An adult butterfly’s diet is mainly composed of nectar from flowers. Each butterfly species has their own favorite types of flowers they visit, including the Monarchs. When it’s time to lay their eggs, the Monarchs require Milkweed plants; it’s the only plant that provides Monarch caterpillars the chemical defense they need to protect themselves from predators. Milkweed plants have become scarcer and harder to find leaving the future of the Monarchs in limbo. You can help change this by becoming a guerilla seed-sower for Monarch butterflies! In this class, we’ll have fun fashioning seed balls containing seeds of the Monarch’s favorite nectar flowers and the seeds of their vital Milkweed host plant that you can later sow in wayside fields along the road for them to find. After we finish making our seed-balls, we’ll caravan to Bolinas to see the congregating Monarch Butterflies, who’ve just made their long journey, clustered in the trees where they’ll spend the winter. We’ll enjoy our lunch while watching them in the trees nearby. All ages welcome!
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