New Bayside Monarch Project

Monarch butterfly. Photo: Dwain Harrelson, Wikimedia CC.
Monarch butterfly. Photo: Dwain Harrelson, Wikimedia CC.

Bayside Pride, Inc. and the Jacoby Creek Land Trust have partnered to focus on the plight of the iconic monarch butterfly. The Bayside Monarch Project was first inspired by Bayside resident, Richard Beresford, who several years ago began a backyard project growing milkweed to attract monarch butterflies and provide a haven for their eggs. The Bayside organizations joined forces for the project’s two main goals: (1) to learn what we can do and to take action in our Jacoby Creek Valley to save monarchs from extinction; and (2) to mobilize the community—bringing together Bayside residents, organizations, and schools for planting work parties, speaker series, monarch art exhibits, movie nights, and the necessary measurement and monitoring of citizen science.

Just launched this month, local and national resources are being compiled by HSU student, Kayla Garcia, for her senior capstone project. If you want to be informed of this project’s progress and upcoming Bayside events for and about the monarch, email [email protected] or call Jacoby Creek Land Trust at 707-822-0900.