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A Summit to Save the Butterflies

Tora Rocha (left), founder of the Pollinator Posse of Oakland (soon to be statewide), and Mia Monroe, coordinator of the Xerces Society's Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, address the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's wing it, they said. And they did. But this event wasn't "winged"; it was well planned and rooted in educational information. Wings? A...

Tora Rocha (left), founder of the Pollinator Posse of Oakland (soon to be statewide), and Mia Monroe, coordinator of the Xerces Society's Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, address the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tora Rocha (left), founder of the Pollinator Posse of Oakland (soon to be statewide), and Mia Monroe, coordinator of the Xerces Society's Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, address the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tora Rocha (left), founder of the Pollinator Posse of Oakland (soon to be statewide), and Mia Monroe, coordinator of the Xerces Society's Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, address the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist/author Sally
Entomologist/author Sally "Sal" Levinson speaks to the crowd. On the panel (from left) are Mia Monroe of the Xerces Society, Amber Hasselbring of San Francisco's Nature in the City, and Tora Rocha of the Pollinator Posse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist/author Sally "Sal" Levinson speaks to the crowd. On the panel (from left) are Mia Monroe of the Xerces Society, Amber Hasselbring of San Francisco's Nature in the City, and Tora Rocha of the Pollinator Posse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Master Gardener Suzanne Clarke of Sonoma County urges
UC Master Gardener Suzanne Clarke of Sonoma County urges "Plant milkweed and the monarchs will come." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Master Gardener Suzanne Clarke of Sonoma County urges "Plant milkweed and the monarchs will come." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hand shoots up to ask a question. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A hand shoots up to ask a question. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hand shoots up to ask a question. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies ruled at the Butterfly Summit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterflies ruled at the Butterfly Summit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies ruled at the Butterfly Summit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Hold That Tiger!

A Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) spreads its wings on a Verbena patch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

She's a butterfly magnet. When Oakland parks supervisor Tora Rocha, known as "The Monarch Queen" and "The Butterfly Whisperer," (she rears monarchs...

A Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) spreads its wings on a Verbena patch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) spreads its wings on a Verbena patch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) spreads its wings on a Verbena patch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western Tiger Swallowtail sipping nectar from Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Western Tiger Swallowtail sipping nectar from Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western Tiger Swallowtail sipping nectar from Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blue sky, the sweet taste of nectar, and all's right with the world for this Western Tiger Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Blue sky, the sweet taste of nectar, and all's right with the world for this Western Tiger Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blue sky, the sweet taste of nectar, and all's right with the world for this Western Tiger Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Make Way for the Monarchs

A monarch butterfly on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's good to see so many scientists and citizen scientists taking an avid interest in monarchs. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), probably...

A monarch butterfly on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch butterfly finds just the right blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch butterfly finds just the right blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch butterfly finds just the right blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At times, the monarch resembles a strained glass window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
At times, the monarch resembles a strained glass window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At times, the monarch resembles a strained glass window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Monarchs 'n Milkweed

A monarch butterfly nectaring on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs and milkweed are in the news again. As well they should be. The declining monarch population, coupled with the decreasing scarcity of...

A monarch butterfly nectaring on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly nectaring on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly nectaring on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a milkweed, the host plant of the monarch. This photo was taken in the Melissa Garden, Healdsberg. http://www.themelissagarden.com/ (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a milkweed, the host plant of the monarch. This photo was taken in the Melissa Garden, Healdsberg. http://www.themelissagarden.com/ (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a milkweed, the host plant of the monarch. This photo was taken in the Melissa Garden, Healdsberg. http://www.themelissagarden.com/ (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

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