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With money from Google, Mountain View aims to create butterfly habitat at Shoreline Park

Mountain View is creating new monarch butterfly habitat in Shoreline Park by planting native flora. Planners hope the butterflies will use the area for breeding, migrating and overwintering. Courtesy City of Mountain View.

Mountain View is using a grant from Google to create new habitat for monarch butterflies at the city's Shoreline Park.

The $30,000 grant will help the city develop and maintain three "pollinator" habitats on nearly 8 acres in the city's popular wildlife and recreation area, city officials announced Monday.

"We've been scoping out locations that would be good for establishing pollinator habitat throughout Shoreline," said city Assistant Director of Community Services Brenda Sylvia.

Mountain View is creating new monarch butterfly habitat in Shoreline Park by planting native flora. Image courtesy City of Mountain View.

The areas will be planted with milkweed, which supports monarch larva, as well as other native flora like buckwheat, sage, sunflowers, asters and golden rods, which the mature butterflies enjoy, Sylvia said.

"I grew up in Santa Cruz and we always took a trip in school to the redwoods to see the monarchs and they would land your nose and things like that so I'm very excited about this project," Sylvia said.

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The first phase will kick off on a half-acre site inside the nine-acre North East Meadowland area, followed by a 2.7-acre site near Pond 1 at the Shoreline Golf Links and a 4.5 acre site near Pond 2 on the golf course.

Both habitats are expected to be completed in 2022, according to city officials.

The pollinator habitats are also home to a burrowing owl population and the butterflies will be a welcome source of food for the owls, as well as other small birds and insects in the park.

The project will provide the butterflies, whose populations have been in decline due to habitat loss, with areas for breeding, migrating and overwintering, Sylvia said.

In addition to creating the new butterfly spaces, the city has also been certified as a monarch butterfly habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

The Google grant will also help the city with community outreach for the project and to solicit volunteers to help out.

For more information, people can visit the city's website at mountainview.go.

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With money from Google, Mountain View aims to create butterfly habitat at Shoreline Park

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Uploaded: Tue, Dec 7, 2021, 10:50 am

Mountain View is using a grant from Google to create new habitat for monarch butterflies at the city's Shoreline Park.

The $30,000 grant will help the city develop and maintain three "pollinator" habitats on nearly 8 acres in the city's popular wildlife and recreation area, city officials announced Monday.

"We've been scoping out locations that would be good for establishing pollinator habitat throughout Shoreline," said city Assistant Director of Community Services Brenda Sylvia.

The areas will be planted with milkweed, which supports monarch larva, as well as other native flora like buckwheat, sage, sunflowers, asters and golden rods, which the mature butterflies enjoy, Sylvia said.

"I grew up in Santa Cruz and we always took a trip in school to the redwoods to see the monarchs and they would land your nose and things like that so I'm very excited about this project," Sylvia said.

The first phase will kick off on a half-acre site inside the nine-acre North East Meadowland area, followed by a 2.7-acre site near Pond 1 at the Shoreline Golf Links and a 4.5 acre site near Pond 2 on the golf course.

Both habitats are expected to be completed in 2022, according to city officials.

The pollinator habitats are also home to a burrowing owl population and the butterflies will be a welcome source of food for the owls, as well as other small birds and insects in the park.

The project will provide the butterflies, whose populations have been in decline due to habitat loss, with areas for breeding, migrating and overwintering, Sylvia said.

In addition to creating the new butterfly spaces, the city has also been certified as a monarch butterfly habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

The Google grant will also help the city with community outreach for the project and to solicit volunteers to help out.

For more information, people can visit the city's website at mountainview.go.

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Navy Brat
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Old Mountain View
on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:52 pm
Navy Brat, Old Mountain View
Registered user
on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:52 pm

Wonderful! Thank you, Google.


Steven Nelson
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Cuesta Park
on Dec 9, 2021 at 9:52 am
Steven Nelson, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Dec 9, 2021 at 9:52 am

BTW - the thousands of Monarch's are also BACK this year along the Santa Cruz coast at Natural Bridges State Park.


Free Speech
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Martens-Carmelita
on Dec 9, 2021 at 5:36 pm
Free Speech, Martens-Carmelita
Registered user
on Dec 9, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Thank you Google for this small token but it does not compensate for the destruction of natural wildlife habitat, or the loss of heritage trees, that have accompanied this business and others' growth on the bay shore.


MV Resident
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Cuesta Park
on Dec 11, 2021 at 6:37 am
MV Resident, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Dec 11, 2021 at 6:37 am

Good news. Folks grown native milkweed the food source for the monarch caterpillar. I had 4 caterpillars this year in my yard and hopefully more next year.


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