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Arroyo Interns Restore Oyster Bay’s Monarch Overwintering Garden

Arroyo interns spent some time outside and learning about the history of oyster bay and giving back to the land by planting native species in the monarch overwintering garden.

In October, Earth Team Arroyo visited the Oyster Bay Monarch Overwintering garden. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is a unique and amazing phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when it is time to travel south for the winter. Monarchs use a combination of air currents and thermals to travel long distances. Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home!” (USDA.gov) Oyster Bay in San Leandro is one of those overwintering sites that monarchs can come by and rest on their migration journey!

During this meeting, we spent some time learning about the history of Oyster Bay and how it came to be. Oyster Bay used to be a landfill site for garbage, but was turned into a remediation site that would turn it into this lush green park that we see today! Interns planted a total of 80 plants and listed below is all the species of plants interns installed in the garden.

Cephalanthus californica – Button willow
Artemesia californica – CA sage
Ericameria ericoides – Mock heather
Eriophyllum staachadifolium – Lizard tail
Heteromeles arbutifolia – Toyon

Thank you to our wonderful East Bay Regional Park staff and Jaclyn Lim for hosting this event for Earth Team!

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