Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration

Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park

Submitted By
Leslie Gilson
HB Tree Society
Habitat Type
Natural or Restored Area (After restoration the migration returned)
Huntington Beach, California
Extra Large
Date Submitted
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Nectar Source Plants
Lantana, Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), Buddleia butterfly bush, coreopsis, statice, plumbago, pincushion , pride of madera, senna, lavender
Habitat Programs
Monarch Waystation, North American Butterfly Association, National Wildlife Federation
Habitat Management Practices
We are a city park so are limited in what we can and cannot do. We try and not use pesticides but the city sprays around the trees to kill the grass We use snail bate in our beds and human hair to control certain insects We are trying to get the city to mow every 2 weeks No miracle grow or fertilizers are used in the beds as that kills milkweed
Habitat Details
The 5 acre park had not been managed or taken care of for years. I appointed myself Restoration Coordinator and got the city to remove 179 dead and dying Eucalyptus trees. We then planted according to Creekside Science plan and reforested adding 1,000 feet of flower beds. It has taken 7 years to accomplish. This year the migration came back after 16 years.
We have planted and lost trees but replace any dead ones. We keep trying different plants in the beds as we are dependent on city water. Some work some don't. We have trouble getting volunteers with gardening knowledge. We don't want a large organization governing us so keep people down to a minimum. Dr. Francis Villabianca and 5 students came down Nov23rd and tagged 50 butterflies. They also checked for OE, wing length, body mass, condition of wings and eggs in females. We ask everyone to help us with the follow up. The tag is magenta color and if you see a tagged butterfly exhibiting mating behavior or laying eggs to please contact Leslie: Note from MJV: Please read about our recommendations for managing non-native milkweeds in California and the southern Gulf coast here, to help minimize the spread of disease :

Habitat Photos