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Weeds to Wings: Earth Team Students Restore the Oyster Bay Butterfly Garden

On October 28 and November 4, Our team of 14 students from Skyline High School partnered with the Alameda County Flood Control District and East Bay Regional Parks District to revitalize the Oyster Bay Butterfly Garden. The garden provides a home for some of the 250,000 monarch butterflies that overwinter in California each year. Working closely alongside our partners, students inspected the garden’s irrigation system, removed trash that had collected around the garden, and weeded invasive plants to allow the native pollinators more room to breath.

Students used a variety of tools, including hand shovels, backhoes, and pruning shears to work around the perimeter of the garden, removing over 1600 gallons of invasive plants over the two working days. It was inspiring to see the cumulative effect of all of our hard work in the garden!

We had many great wildlife encounters while working in the garden, with students spotting Monarch Butterflies, a Western Brush Rabbit, dozens of species of insects, and of course many very friendly local dogs. Students practiced using the iNaturalist app to spot and catalogue their findings. This was a great day and we are so grateful to our partners at Alameda County Flood Control District and East Bay Regional Parks District for making it possible. Stay tuned for more updates from our Skyline Interns!

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