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Monarch Butterfly Crisis Focus Of Online Conference

A milkweed plant with Monarch butterfly larvae
(Santa Monica Mountains Fund photo)
A milkweed plant with Monarch butterfly larvae

Public event will give overview of situation, and provide information on how to help by growing native milkweed

The monarch butterfly population around the country, and on the Central and South Coasts has taken a big hit during the last few years. Biologists think one of the big reasons is the loss of key habitat over the years.

Migrating monarchs rely on native milkweed plants to survive. On Saturday (6/5), the Santa Monica Mountains Fund will team up with the National Park Service, State Fish and Wildlife, and some non-profit groups for a day long public conference on the situation.

The zoom event will include discussions about the situation and information on how you can grow milkweed to help the monarchs. There will also be a workshop on how to create a drought-tolerant native flower garden.

Link to California Monarch and Milkweed Conference:

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.