Pollinator Series Event: Butterfly Population Restoration Project

Our Learning Village site offers ample opportunities to practice restoration ecology and naturescaping. During this Pollinator Series project, we take steps to bring butterflies back to ORREC’s natural habitat.

Phase I

  • Choosing sunny areas for butterfly gardens.

Phase II

  • Planting flowers to provide nectar.

Phase III

  • Surveying the area for the right “weedy” plants that encourage the growth of caterpillar larvae.

Phase IV

  • Studying our butterfly population with university experts and seasoned mentors.

If you’re interested in learning more about naturescaping, visit this link.

Details on this project and relevant dates to be provided soon.

EVENT CLIFF NOTES

What type of plants do butterflies like?

  • Brightly-colored, fragrant plants especially red, yellow, orange, pink, or purple.
  • Plants with flat flower heads that contain small multiple florets, such as asters, which furnish butterflies with landing pads where they can rest, sip nectar, and pollinate the plants.
  • Flowers with short tubes so they can reach the nectar such as mints and marigolds.
  • Native plants with which they have evolved a mutually beneficial association.

Watch the video below to learn more about restoring indigenous butterflies to our welcoming coastal habitat.