Heather's Monarch Habitat Project

Heather's Monarch Habitat Project

Follow the ups and downs of habitat building to bring the monarch butterflies back to this ranch, wh

Midwife to Monarchs 28/09/2023

The last of the monarchs left yesterday. They are born, dry-off, test their wings and then fly away. Green to black to orange, black and white - there is now no color save yellow - yellow grass, yellow tarweed, yellow sunflowers, yellow creek flowers. Yellow is the Fall, a time of maturity, a time of harvest, filling us like a cornucopia....

Midwife to Monarchs The last of the monarchs left yesterday. They are born, dry-off, test their wings and then fly away. Green to black to orange, black and white – there is now no color save yellow – yell…

Endings and Beginnings 16/09/2023

I watched a late instar caterpillar make its way up a empty branch, the left over defoliated stem of a sunflower eaten to death by the grasshoppers. Good that they did that; it gave a clear path for the caterpillar to make its last crawl up high - a safe location for its transformation. I noticed its head move back and forth, left to right, over and over....

Endings and Beginnings I watched a late instar caterpillar make its way up a empty branch, the left over defoliated stem of a sunflower eaten to death by the grasshoppers. Good that they did that; it gave a clear path fo…

Observation Skills 11/09/2023

How many chrysalises do you see? Sometimes I need to check my "Indigenous credentials". My ancestors relied on the power of detailed observation, and the passing on of that knowledge, for survival. Maybe, in a different time, I would have been a reliable member of a clan. Today, I am evidently a "head in the clouds" version of a Native. For days, I have been accessing water at the tank, filling up watering cans, walking to the raised bed to water and walking back to the tank for another can, not once, not twice but at least 4 times per day....

Observation Skills How many chrysalises do you see? Sometimes I need to check my “Indigenous credentials”. My ancestors relied on the power of detailed observation, and the passing on of that knowledge, f…

A Beautiful Sculpture in the Garden 10/09/2023

This is a very short post to share what I found in the garden. For those who don't know what they are looking at, this is a monarch chrysalis. The identifying features are: 1. the jade like color, which is the amorphous goo of the caterpillar body liquefying and turning into a butterfly. The chrysalis is actually clear in color....

A Beautiful Sculpture in the Garden This is a very short post to share what I found in the garden. For those who don’t know what they are looking at, this is a monarch chrysalis. The identifying features are: 1. the jade like c…

Bright Sides Despite a Spring Without Butterflies 08/09/2023

Looking on the bright side - that has been my reflection for the last month. I have come to terms with the fact that the monarchs skipped me this year. I've heard reports from many friends and readers that they have spotted a monarch or had multiples in their gardens. All sightings have been friends/family closer to the coast or higher in elevation....

Bright Sides Despite a Spring Without Butterflies Looking on the bright side – that has been my reflection for the last month. I have come to terms with the fact that the monarchs skipped me this year. I’ve heard reports from many frie…

Monarchs Stop By and Re-Emergence 27/08/2023

Thankfully, Deedee Soto was at the ranch when the butterfly was here and captured these great photos. I had wondered if monarchs would just pass me by this year because there was so little left for them. In fact, I was sure they would. Well, I was wrong (add that to the very long list!). On Friday, August 11, a mama monarch came by and decided to lay her eggs on the only intact milkweed remaining on the hilltop habitat....

Monarchs Stop By and Re-Emergence Thankfully, Deedee Soto was at the ranch when the butterfly was here and captured these great photos. I had wondered if monarchs would just pass me by this year because there was so little left for…

Toad-a-palooza. Forward Progress Despite Carnage All Around. 17/07/2023

A good friend floats in the basil seedling basin Despite the ongoing carnage wrought by the grasshoppers, I try to focus on the good things, like the myriad of frogs and toads in the garden. They are so cute to watch, and I know they are eating the grasshoppers. Although there are not enough of them to make a dent in the population of billions, I think the reason the willows and potted plants near the trough are only partially eaten is because Erma and her children live there....

Toad-a-palooza. Forward Progress Despite Carnage All Around. A good friend floats in the basil seedling basin Despite the ongoing carnage wrought by the grasshoppers, I try to focus on the good things, like the myriad of frogs and toads in the garden. They a…

Grasshoppers Decimate Plants 09/07/2023

California Milkweed seedpod eaten through by grasshoppers This year is bad for grasshoppers. Even after 21 years, I cannot discern a pattern to which years will be plague-level. They can be bad in drought years and in water years, hot weather or cool weather. If someone knows more or has a theory, please share. All new plants and many mature plants are eaten....

Grasshoppers Decimate Plants California Milkweed seedpod eaten through by grasshoppers This year is bad for grasshoppers. Even after 21 years, I cannot discern a pattern to which years will be plague-level. They can be bad in …

After the Big Storm Much Destruction 18/12/2022

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After the Big Storm Much Destruction I am still grieving the loss of my beloved 200+ year old oak. The curtains stay shut in the rooms that viewed her. I don’t want to even accidentally glance that direction and see her laying t…

Tragedy Strikes as Major Storm Rolls Through 11/12/2022

Early this weekend morning, after a night of howling winds and sheets of rain, I exited the house to take David to an appointment. I had just stepped outside the garage to make the walk downhill to open the first of our two gates. I peered left to see my beloved, favorite elder tree, as I often do, when I froze in horror....

Tragedy Strikes as Major Storm Rolls Through Early this weekend morning, after a night of howling winds and sheets of rain, I exited the house to take David to an appointment. I had just stepped outside the garage to make the walk downhill to…

November: Rain to Cold to Warm Again with Cold Nights and Dry. Blooms, Butterflies (still) and Falling Trees 28/11/2022

Narrowleaf milkweed seeds ready to float to their next life With the exception of early November, it has been dry. The early month rain was wonderful, but we need more sustained days to really get the ground and creeks back to typical functioning. Although there have been cold days, the sun has come out and created warm temperatures. There are still butterflies and blooms, bees and bugs of all sorts....

November: Rain to Cold to Warm Again with Cold Nights and Dry. Blooms, Butterflies (still) and Falling Trees Narrowleaf milkweed seeds ready to float to their next life With the exception of early November, it has been dry. The early month rain was wonderful, but we need more sustained days to really get …

Last of the Butterflies as Cold Weather (Finally) Approaches 07/11/2022

Painted Lady California Hairstreaks Spring White (I believe) Cold weather is here. Rain is here. I am calming down with the change in temperature and precipitation. I worry too much about water and the life it enables. My concern is not for me, but all the living things here. Sure, I can leave and be a water refugee, but most of the animals and insects cannot....

Last of the Butterflies as Cold Weather (Finally) Approaches Painted Lady California Hairstreaks Spring White (I believe) Cold weather is here. Rain is here. I am calming down with the change in temperature and precipitation. I worry too much about water and…

Rebalancing: A Way of Life 16/10/2022

Two monarchs eat and pass through on October 12, 2022 Stop reading for a moment. Breathe deep. Now, take another breath. Feel better? Remember when you were a child? If not, reflect on any child you know. We all start with love - love of nature, love of animals - an innate empathy that is part of our DNA - because we are comprised of our world....

Rebalancing: A Way of Life Two monarchs eat and pass through on October 12, 2022 Stop reading for a moment. Breathe deep. Now, take another breath. Feel better? Remember when you were a child? If not, reflect on any child yo…

Climate, Heat and Wildfire Smoke = Change for Pollinators 26/09/2022

Oak Fire in July mushrooms Please forgive me for complaining a little at the start of this blog. I know it is meant to discuss my pollinator work, and I am sorry to be a downer. All the things we do are entwined as elements of our life -so the bleed over and into is all part of the same narrative I guess....

Climate, Heat and Wildfire Smoke = Change for Pollinators Oak Fire in July mushrooms Please forgive me for complaining a little at the start of this blog. I know it is meant to discuss my pollinator work, and I am sorry to be a downer. All the things we d…

Dry. Warm. Windy. But Keeping Going. 08/06/2022

Shoveling mulch like crazy to beat the summer heat In the latter part of May, we had a taste of things to come. The temperature was in the high 90s for three days. Everything, including me, seemed worn out. I have been laying mulch out on top of plant root zones, on exposed dirt areas, and over water lines for weeks....

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Dry. Warm. Windy. But Keeping Going. Shoveling mulch like crazy to beat the summer heat In the latter part of May, we had a taste of things to come. The temperature was in the high 90s for three days. Everything, including me, seemed …

Falling In Love Over 50 15/05/2022

In Hala'i (My friend) Do you remember the last time you fell in love? Giddiness, wanting to be with that special person all the time - or cross paths at least, flushes of heat, random moments of happiness, disappointment when they are not where you think they will be, heart flutters, consuming thoughts of the other person - ahhh, the pleasures and struggles of love....

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Falling In Love Over 50 In Hala’i (My friend) Do you remember the last time you fell in love? Giddiness, wanting to be with that special person all the time – or cross paths at least, flushes of heat, random m…

Monarch Caterpillars – Joy on a Leaf + Cows Handled and Rain 14/04/2022

Young monarch caterpillar on an A. Californica leaf I have had many great joys in life - making my mom happy, seeing my first eagle in the wild, holding my nephew in my arms no matter his age, getting Milky the Cow for Christmas, driving a car with no tailpipe, knowing my husband was safe on 9-11 after dropping him off for his San Francisco to Newark flight the night before....

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Monarch Caterpillars – Joy on a Leaf + Cows Handled and Rain Young monarch caterpillar on an A. Californica leaf I have had many great joys in life – making my mom happy, seeing my first eagle in the wild, holding my nephew in my arms no matter his age…

Cow Standoff – Babies Under Threat 29/03/2022

Large caterpillar (probably at Instar 4) trying to make it to a monarch In the last blog post, I relayed the near loss of the incubator milkweed plant and my aborted protective camping almost-adventure. I also detailed how my cattleman and I agreed that it would work out to shift the cattle to the south part of the ranch a few days early for a rotation of 10 days....

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Cow Standoff – Babies Under Threat Large caterpillar (probably at Instar 4) trying to make it to a monarch In the last blog post, I relayed the near loss of the incubator milkweed plant and my aborted protective camping almost-adven…

Monarch (and BABIES) on the Ranch and Near Disaster Leads to More Adaptive Management 19/03/2022

Monarch caterpillars eating As I write this, I am still breathless. We have monarchs! We have monarch babies! Thank goodness for Ron's monitoring project. It has required me to check on the A. Californica (AC) patches regularly. It was one such monitoring effort I went on earlier this week that produced the greatest joy to occupy my heart since, well, since the week when I found the ACs....

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Monarch (and BABIES) on the Ranch and Near Disaster Leads to More Adaptive Management Monarch caterpillars eating As I write this, I am still breathless. We have monarchs! We have monarch babies! Thank goodness for Ron’s monitoring project. It has required me to check on the A…

Wildflowers, A. Californica Emerges, Drought and Handing Off 16/03/2022

Millie watches Beau kitten walk through the wildflowers (lupine and fiddleneck) Wildflowers of all colors and sizes abound here in the foothills. It is like spring. I welcomed the thick scent of nectar into my home by keeping the doors and windows open the entire day last week. I never tire of the joy the olfactory experience brings me. Tempering my joy is the notable lack of bees across the range....

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Wildflowers, A. Californica Emerges, Drought and Handing Off Millie watches Beau kitten walk through the wildflowers (lupine and fiddleneck) Wildflowers of all colors and sizes abound here in the foothills. It is like spring. I welcomed the thick scent of ne…

Drought Heavy On My Mind. Monarchs on Their Way 14/02/2022

Swale Pond continues to shrink in the heat I am getting nervous. There has been no rain, with none in the forecast. I've already begun to water some plants that are in drier soil and looking thirsty. The south rainwater tank is getting early use. We need a good storm. I would feel better if my two main tanks were filled, but recall, a defective part used in the professional rainwater install allowed thousands of gallons of water to flow away from the tanks instead of into them....

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Drought Heavy On My Mind. Monarchs on Their Way Swale Pond continues to shrink in the heat I am getting nervous. There has been no rain, with none in the forecast. I’ve already begun to water some plants that are in drier soil and looking …

Monarchs Bounce Back a Bit and Preparing for the Next Push 01/02/2022

Monarchs in overwintering sites cling to the branches of this tree Monarch numbers bounced up considerably this year. The only other news in recent times that gave me as much joy and comfort was when the doctor said my brother was going to be ok a year ago this month. I could breathe a little more freely then and now....

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Monarchs Bounce Back a Bit and Preparing for the Next Push Monarchs in overwintering sites cling to the branches of this tree Monarch numbers bounced up considerably this year. The only other news in recent times that gave me as much joy and comfort was wh…

The Pollinator Team Expands Habitat 29/12/2021

Maggie, Kristie, Nellie and Deedee planting on Maggie's ranch I love working with people who have passion and care about issues larger than themselves. It feels comfortable to be among those that respect and love this place and are willing to get dirty to make things better. This Pollinator Team began work in September, educating themselves, prepping the ground of the Healing Center, and then jumping into planting the Xerces kits....

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The Pollinator Team Expands Habitat Maggie, Kristie, Nellie and Deedee planting on Maggie’s ranch I love working with people who have passion and care about issues larger than themselves. It feels comfortable to be among those …

Indigenous Reciprocity: Habitat Expansion Goes Into Overdrive 30/11/2021

Strong, Indigenous Women expanding habitat I love my Indiginaity (Is that even a word? Well, I proclaim it so...). I love that there is an innate piece of me that is so deeply connected to the lands of the North American west that it is indistinguishable from any corporeal piece of me - whether blood, bone or memory. It is what drives me forward when I am tired, and comforts me with a sense of oneness....

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Indigenous Reciprocity: Habitat Expansion Goes Into Overdrive Strong, Indigenous Women expanding habitat I love my Indiginaity (Is that even a word? Well, I proclaim it so…). I love that there is an innate piece of me that is so deeply connected to the …

Waiting for Monarchs, Water Quality and Rain Comes 01/11/2021

Gathering storm clouds Since turning around, dumping my vacation for a chance to see more monarchs, I waited on my patio for days. No monarchs. One remarkable note is that my neighbor said she saw a monarch flying down hill from my house the day after the turn around. There is nothing else this time of year that could look like a monarch, so I decided she wasn't mistaken....

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Waiting for Monarchs, Water Quality and Rain Comes Gathering storm clouds Since turning around, dumping my vacation for a chance to see more monarchs, I waited on my patio for days. No monarchs. One remarkable note is that my neighbor said she saw …

Fall Can’t Come Soon Enough and A Monarch Sighting in Hornitos! 26/09/2021

Studying the first tarantula of the season. There were two on my walk, and they both looked extremely healthy. It is no secret among my friends that I LOVE spiders - especially tarantulas. Not only are they amazing predators eating their weight and more of flies and gnats, but they are a harbinger of Fall with its cooler weather. Oh my goodness, am I desperate for rain and cold....

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Fall Can’t Come Soon Enough and A Monarch Sighting in Hornitos! Studying the first tarantula of the season. There were two on my walk, and they both looked extremely healthy. It is no secret among my friends that I LOVE spiders – especially tarantulas. No…

Taking Time to Appreciate 20/09/2021

Juvenile red tail hawk feathers found The weather is cooling. The wind is blowing the smoke away. It is a beautiful day on the ranch this Sunday. There is always so much work to do, but on such a special day, I had to take time to appreciate the honor I have to caretake this land, in this place, at this time....

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Taking Time to Appreciate Juvenile red tail hawk feathers found The weather is cooling. The wind is blowing the smoke away. It is a beautiful day on the ranch this Sunday. There is always so much work to do, but on such a s…

Nassua (Fight) 09/09/2021

The spring along Spring Creek fights back from the heat wave and created two new pools I almost did not use "fight" as the blog title. Like many people, I am sick of all the division - the fighting over everything - like masks, which should be basic decency and thoughtfulness. The heat has been deadly, and everything, including humans, are fighting to survive....

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Nassua (Fight) The spring along Spring Creek fights back from the heat wave and created two new pools I almost did not use “fight” as the blog title. Like many people, I am sick of all the division & #…

Resilience 09/08/2021

The temperature in the shade, Sunday, July 11, 2021. We are all just trying to survive - me, the plants, the animals, the insects. The heat has been unbearable. Have you ever opened an oven and were real close to to the inside? That is what it feels like...like being completely enveloped in a pod of heat. Several plants just had enough and died despite my regular watering....

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Resilience The temperature in the shade, Sunday, July 11, 2021. We are all just trying to survive – me, the plants, the animals, the insects. The heat has been unbearable. Have you ever opened an oven a…

Hazard Branches Dropped. Grasshopper Death March Continues. Washington Post Comes a Calling? 06/07/2021

The dangling branch is dropped. Two other dangerous branches to go. Is anything ever really dead? Despite the leafless, withered nature of this grand blue oak killed in the last drought, it was crushing for me to watch its dismemberment. It was more bitter than I imagined it would be. I have so much respect for even the hulking remains of this once glorious tree....

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Hazard Branches Dropped. Grasshopper Death March Continues. Washington Post Comes a Calling? The dangling branch is dropped. Two other dangerous branches to go. Is anything ever really dead? Despite the leafless, withered nature of this grand blue oak killed in the last drought, it was cru…

Thirst is the Worst and Grasshoppers Eat Their Way Up Hill 29/06/2021

The last of 30 bees leaves the bird bath after drinking. Thirsty. It is what everything is. Even I need more moisture. All creatures, plants, insects, animals and humans, are all thirsting for water. This year has been filled with so many "never seen before" moments because of the drought. I've never seen so much activity at the water troughs and thick rings of bird p**p left behind....

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Thirst is the Worst and Grasshoppers Eat Their Way Up Hill The last of 30 bees leaves the bird bath after drinking. Thirsty. It is what everything is. Even I need more moisture. All creatures, plants, insects, animals and humans, are all thirsting for wate…

Of Abigail Adams, Drought and Failure 07/06/2021

Grasshopper on the California Milkweed One of my many favorite classes at Humboldt State was US History. And, one of my favorite explorations was reading and analyzing the letters of Abigail Adams. Until then, I had not heard much about the women who were instrumental in establishing the United States. It was an incredible window into the life of a woman in the 1700s....

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Of Abigail Adams, Drought and Failure Grasshopper on the California Milkweed One of my many favorite classes at Humboldt State was US History. And, one of my favorite explorations was reading and analyzing the letters of Abigail Adams.…

From Green to Yellow Overnight. Branch Fence Fail. Drought Takes Over. Ode to a Beagle. 15/05/2021

Swale Pond dried up It has been a rough few weeks. The vibrant green of verdant hills has given way to the crunch of yellow straw. Yellow hits the eyes much differently than green. When green, the light is almost nourishing, energizing. While still beautiful, yellow light is blanching, dry like cotton balls in the mouth. The drought has had a significant impact on the entire ranch, and it is just the beginning of May....

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From Green to Yellow Overnight. Branch Fence Fail. Drought Takes Over. Ode to a Beagle. Swale Pond dried up It has been a rough few weeks. The vibrant green of verdant hills has given way to the crunch of yellow straw. Yellow hits the eyes much differently than green. When green, the …

a. Californica Obsession and Fencing – So Much Work… 13/04/2021

The motherlode of a. Californica. Such a special plant! a. Californica (a.c.) has become my absolute favorite butterfly plant. There are so many I love, but a.c. take the prize. Not only do they look like they are prehistoric, they have the most gorgeous flower and scent. In fact, several of the a.c. plants were blooming and beginning to emit their stunning scent....

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a. Californica Obsession and Fencing – So Much Work… The motherlode of a. Californica. Such a special plant! a. Californica (a.c.) has become my absolute favorite butterfly plant. There are so many I love, but a.c. take the prize. Not only do they lo…

More a. Californica Spotted and Wildflower Whiplash 05/04/2021

a. Californica on the hill east of the house I always let out a whoop of excitement when I see these remarkable a. Californica plants. They look so prehistoric to me, and the smell is heaven. The air of magic around these plants is only enhanced by its rapid "see them out of nowhere" growth. Last year, I shared that I found three communities of these plants - one near the house with seven plants, one on the tall south facing hill to the north of the house with thirteen plants, and one on a hill to the east of the house with two plants....

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More a. Californica Spotted and Wildflower Whiplash a. Californica on the hill east of the house I always let out a whoop of excitement when I see these remarkable a. Californica plants. They look so prehistoric to me, and the smell is heaven. The a…

The ABCDs of Walappu’ “Uuchuthuu: a. Californica, Butterflies, Color, and Drought 29/03/2021

Purples, whites, oranges, yellows, reds and blues abound! In the melody of Carole King's A: Alligators all around. A: a. Californica comes from the ground. B: Butterflies flitting around. C: Colorful flowers abound. D: Drought crept in without a sound. And that is the current state of life (and my mind) here at Walappu' 'Uuchuthuu (Butterfly Home Place). Old, favorite children's songs are not enough to comfort me as a moderate drought continues and is likely to get worse....

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The ABCDs of Walappu’ “Uuchuthuu: a. Californica, Butterflies, Color, and Drought Purples, whites, oranges, yellows, reds and blues abound! In the melody of Carole King’s A: Alligators all around. A: a. Californica comes from the ground. B: Butterflies flitting around. C: …

Branch Fence Bust and the Boys are Back in Town 08/03/2021

Bull grazing in the a. Californica milkweed area I love bulls. They are simply magic to look at with their size, muscles and intense stares. Fortunately, the bulls run by our cattleman here on the ranch are gentle. They would rather walk away than charge. Still...it is good to be real respectful of their presence - especially when they are around the ladies strutting their stuff....

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Branch Fence Bust and the Boys are Back in Town Bull grazing in the a. Californica milkweed area I love bulls. They are simply magic to look at with their size, muscles and intense stares. Fortunately, the bulls run by our cattleman here on the …

Let the Blooms Begin! 22/02/2021

Blue dick It truly is amazing how blooms happen. Overnight, they just appear. Although I have been seeing the stems for a couple weeks, I woke up Saturday morning to a proliferation of purple. In fact, there are many plants sprouting blooms or new leaves. Early nectar is an important habitat element for monarchs as they begin their journey from the coast northeast....

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Let the Blooms Begin! Blue dick It truly is amazing how blooms happen. Overnight, they just appear. Although I have been seeing the stems for a couple weeks, I woke up Saturday morning to a proliferation of purple. In f…

It’s Butterfly Plant Season! 16/02/2021

The first plants of 2021! Narrowleaf milkweed, sages, Ca fuchsia, yerba santa, sulphur buckwheat, maple+ I took my first delivery of butterfly plants today. I am excited to begin more intense work and for what is ahead of me this year. My plan is to make three to four large butterfly oasis (a collection of nectar plants and milkweeds) on the east side of the house within the large enclosed space....

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It’s Butterfly Plant Season! The first plants of 2021! Narrowleaf milkweed, sages, Ca fuchsia, yerba santa, sulphur buckwheat, maple+ I took my first delivery of butterfly plants today. I am excited to begin more intense work …

Building a Habitat for Our Walappu’ Relations

Follow me, family and friends as we plant huken (narrowleaf milkweed), suukanu (broadleaf milkweed), pas:al:e (yerba santa), kamya (yarrow) and many other awuate’ (butterfly food) plants to build a habitat for the walappu’ (butterfly), especially the monarch walappu’. The monarchs have been decimated from habitat loss, pesticides, herbicides and other pressures. In our lifetime, they numbered in the millions. In 2018 and 2019, less than 22,000 adults were counted overwintering. We cannot lose this magnificent relation. I have made a commitment to build more habitat on my ranch, which lies in their traditional migration path. Join me in planting!