Current Monarch butterfly counts continue to show a large decline in the population, not only in Pacific Grove but in all West Coast overwintering sites. One local solution is to encourage PG residents to provide nectar producing plants in private gardens, thus providing the nutrients that Monarchs need to survive the winter and be healthy for their migration in the spring. What is needed is a list of plants that can survive in the PG coastal climate, that are attractive to the Monarchs, and that have proven successful in nourishing the butterflies in the local Monarch sanctuary.
At the September 17, 2019 meeting of the BNRC Chair Anton asked Commissioner Lee to begin the process of creating such a document to be made available to all residents in Pacific Grove. Volunteer Cathy Wooten was also involved in the layout and editing. The editing process continued at the October, November, December, and January meetings, each time with input from the public and from other commissioners. Input was also received from the Monarch Sanctuary docents, publications from the Xerces Society, and conversations with others involved with Monarchs including those who attended a recent Monarch conference held in January in Carmel Valley. Attention was also given to the annual report by Stu Weiss, our professional Monarch sanctuary advisor.
The brochure was accepted by a 7-0 vote at the February 2020 meeting with the request to revise the language. That has been done.
1. Accept brochure and recommend publication and distribution
2. Continue further editing of brochure