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Monarch butterflies and great ways we can help them

Last November, Berkeleyside published an article about a spectacular natural phenomenon seen in Berkeley for the first time: hundreds of monarch butterflies were clustering in the trees of Aquatic Park. This fall, thoughtful reader and independent gardener Toni Cox wrote to Berkeleyside, requesting that we create a new article about monarchs. In particular, Cox noted […]

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First time observed: Hundreds of monarch butterflies cluster in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park

In late October, Berkeleyside received a tip that thousands of tiny fish were jumping in the waters of Aquatic Park. Less than three weeks later, we received another “scoop” about the park that throngs of monarch butterflies were clustering in the trees. I’d seen groups of monarchs in well-known gathering places, called “roosts” or “bivouacs,” […]

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Making a splash: Fish jumping in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park

Dark clouds gathered last Tuesday morning, and many of us hoped for a storm. Yet, the not-so-still waters at Berkeley’s Aquatic Park didn’t roil from raindrops; they bubbled from thousands of small jumping fish. According to Dr. Peter Moyle, Distinguished Professor Emeritus with the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis, these […]

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All aflutter: Berkeley insect lovers celebrate 40th year counting butterflies

A hummingbird whirrs by, as a squirrel flicks its tail, flirting. A robin fluffs its feathers after bathing in the stream. Leopard lilies, columbines, even the cacti are in full summery bloom. But today, at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park, we’re here for the butterflies. Alan Kaplan, an entomologist, educator, and retired Tilden […]