On Martin Luther King Day, there’s a special opportunity to restore monarch butterfly habitat in Montclair. As part of a joint park clean-up, throughout Shepherd Canyon, volunteers can help restore the old dump site before the monarchs return to lay their eggs.
With sufficient milkweeds, monarch caterpillars are able to thrive. So volunteers will help weed and carefully plant milkweeds, placing protective cardboard collars around them. Through these efforts, we’ll continue attracting some awesome creatures to the neighborhood.
The Shepherd Canyon area has already made progress, as a registered monarch weigh station. We can only imagine each of the caterpillars lining up and getting ready to beat their competitors (but we digress).
On Monday at 9:00am, volunteers will join forces to work on the butterfly habitat, restore a wildflower meadow or work on drainage problems along the rail trail. Some 25 volunteers are needed for butterflies, 75 for the meadow and another 25 for trail work.
What a great way to give back on MLK Day! All volunteers, including kids, are encouraged to meet at Escher Gate, 5881 Escher Drive (map). Be prepared to work from 9:00am through 12:30pm. While there are several project teams, you may want to secure your monarch spot by reaching Adrienne Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-339-0985.
This community event is organized and run by Friends of Montclair Railroad Trail, Shepherd Canyon Homeowners Association and Service for Peace volunteers.