Partner Post: Creating a Neighborhood Monarch Oasis

In this inspiring partner post, hear from Laura Hunter on efforts taking place in her neighborhood in Escondido to support monarch butterflies, and connect with her community in the midst of the pandemic.



In this inspiring partner post, hear from Laura Hunter on efforts taking place in her neighborhood in Escondido to support monarch butterflies and other pollinators and how these activities are building a sense of community in the midst of the pandemic. Bravo to Laura and her community for creating space for pollinators to thrive, and helping to build resilience for both people and our planet, right in their backyards!


As climate change impacts unfold, Monarchs and other pollinators need refugia areas and stepping stone habitats between conserved lands to continue to find food and reproduce. Pollinators are facing compounding climate change impacts, such as rising temperatures, lack of water, and the spread of invasive species and disease. As demonstrated by Laura and her community, providing critical refugia areas help sustain and support Monarchs and other pollinators in the face of a changing climate.

 

Together, Apart: Creating a Neighborhood Monarch Oasis

--Laura Hunter, Escondido Resident


In the beginning of the sequestration, when we were looking for ways to stay connected, I emailed my neighbors asking ‘What fun things can we do together, while being apart’? One neighbor responded, ‘What about making butterfly waystations’? So we did.


It started with eight neighbors planning monarch butterfly waystation gardens in their yards. Our little project was reported on Next Door and many more people joined in so now we have a big list of waystations.