November 26, 2014

Butterflies at Bank of Books Malibu

 

Bank of Books Malibu and the Malibu Monarch Project will celebrate Learn About Butterflies Day on Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a special butterfly storytime and a milkweed seedling giveaway.

Among the thousands of visitors who flock to Malibu every year, none are more beautiful than the monarch butterflies which migrate from as far north as Canada to over-winter in Malibu. But the World Wildlife Fund has recently confirmed what locals have long suspected: the number of butterflies making the yearly journey has been steadily declining. It seems that over-zealous area gardeners are eradicating the milkweed plants on which the butterflies lay their eggs, and which sustain the hungry caterpillars that hatch from those eggs and morph into the next generation of butterflies.

At the Bank of Books event, members of the Malibu Monarch Project will be giving away free seedlings of asclepias fascicularis, a variety of milkweed approved by the National Park Service for planting in the Malibu area. They’ll also demonstrate the importance of maintaining welcoming butterfly habitats in Malibu, with handouts and a butterfly-themed storytime for young children at 10:30 a.m.

Bank of Books Malibu is located in the Point Dume Village, 29169 Heathercliff Road, Malibu, CA 90265.

For further information about this event: (310) 457-5699; or visit the Malibu Monarch Project website at http://malibumonarchproject.com/.