Mexico documents big rebound in monarch butterflies
By Associated Press | February 26, 2016 @ 12:12 pm
O'Hana Butterfly Oasis
The beauty of the butterfly, or ichii'kii – sharing our time and energy to support their continuance – is at the heart of this project. An important element of connection is the joy and happiness that we experience when we are able to serve from the heart, without any expectation or attachment to the result.
Offering Our Love
Our O'hana Butterfly Oasis will be an escape where the visitors can observe free flying butterflies and a variety of plants in a peaceful natural setting. These butterflies migrate thousands of miles, especially the majestic Monarch. The Oasis will give visitors an opportunity to get an up-close look at their exquisite colors, amazing camouflage techniques and playful behavior. Taa-naash-kaa-da visitors can also observe their feeding behaviors, mating rituals and overall harmonious nature. It’s a great opportunity to teach visitors about moth and butterfly life cycles, the circle of life and butterfly/plant interactions. We are a registered Monarch Way Station affiliated with Monarch Watch, participating in educational programming such as the Friends of Las Vegas First , and assisting in research by nurturing chrysalis, hatching, tagging and releasing Monarchs for their winter journey to Mexico. Want to help build the garden? Email us.
Offering Financial Support
An important way to support these amazing creatures is to contribute is through financial support–making a monetary or in-kind donation to help support the development, conservation and programming. All of the financial needs of our Butterfly Work is met through donations and, to a smaller extent, through purchases of plants, seeds, fencing and garden supplies. Please contact us for more information about opportunities to offer support.
O'hana (Hawaiian for family) volunteers will be trained to engage and interact with our visitors. They will learn a basic understanding of butterfly biology and identification. Volunteers should be comfortable in a space which includes the life cycle of butterflies and moths. Volunteers should be able to speak easily to the public and to groups of 20-30 children. Volunteers should be comfortable with working outdoors and in greenhouse humidity.
Opportunities to help establish the Oasis through planning, plant selections, landscaping and site building are available this year from April - June. Email us for more information on how to volunteer for this worthy effort.
Plan a Visit for Your School or Group
Educational Programming is available for groups of 8 or more. Please see our EarthWisdom Outdoor Sciences Programming for more information