• Monarch season begins in October

    The season of orange and black is nearly upon us.

    Monarch butterflies will return to the Monterey Peninsula beginning in October, with even higher numbers expected to arrive in November. With the start of their over-wintering season, Sanctuary docents with the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will once again staff the site beginning Saturday, October 3, from noon to 3 p.m. While docents will only be available at the Sanctuary on weekends, that schedule will shift to seven days a week, from noon to 3 p.m., once the monarchs begin to cluster at the site. The Sanctuary can be found at 250 Ridge Road in Pacific Grove.

    Education Programs Manager Allison Watson said the Museum is still seeking volunteers interested in becoming new Sanctuary Docents. A new volunteer informational meeting will be held at the Museum on Wednesday, October 7th, beginning at 6 p.m. The Museum is located at 165 Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove.

    “With the high amount of monarchs last year, and the resulting high number of visitors at the Sanctuary, we’re hoping more milkweed has been planted, which could aid in this year’s monarch population,” Watson said.

    October 3 also marks the city’s famed Butterfly Parade and Bazaar in downtown and the Museum’s 2015 Butterfly Ball, which will be held at the Museum on Saturday evening, October, 3. Tickets for the highly anticipated event are now available. More information on the Ball can be found online at www.pgmuseum.org/butterfly-ball.

    The Museum’s 2014-2015 Monarch Report can now be viewed online at www.pgmuseum.org/monarch-citizen-science. The report summarizes data collected at overwintering sites located throughout Monterey County, including behavioral trends and monarch counts.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 28, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Green

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