Monarch Madness


Big Rock Nature Preserve

Nature lovers of all ages turned out for the pollinator planting party.

In Saturday, March 30, beneath sunny skies, the Ventura Land Trust hosted its Fourth Annual Monarch Madness pollinator planting party. This family-friendly public event took place at the Big Rock Nature Preserve along the Ventura River, where participants helped plant milkweed to attract monarch butterflies, as well as other native plants that provide crucial habitat for beneficial insects, birds and mammals. VLT volunteers gave demonstrations and offered instruction, and also provided gloves, shovels, plants and mulch. “Dug,” the organization’s shiny new tractor, was unveiled, and butterfly enthusiast Juliana Danaus spoke about the importance of protecting butterfly habitat

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VLT’s Pam Wiebe, Annette Baldwin and Adrienne Stephens. Photo courtesy of Ventura Land Trust

Cummins Pacific employees pose with “Dug,” the tractor donated to Ventura Land Trust. Photo by Annette Baldwin

Cummins Pacific Ventura employees plant an oak tree. Photo by Adrienne Stephens

Monarch Arc’s Juliana Danaus gives a demonstration on the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Photo by Adrienne Stephens