10 am: Bring the kids to see caterpillars, pupas and adult butterflies, learn about host plants, meet our experts and share your experiences.
11-3: Giant Puppets Save The World! Come meet the enormous handcrafted silk and bamboo menagerie of Monarchs, Hummingbirds and more with artist, puppeteer and stilt-walker, Toni Tone! Super fun for the kids!
11 am: Art Shapiro, butterfly expert Dr. Arthur Shapiro - professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC, Davis discusses the butterfly state of the state in Northern California. Dr. Shapiro has spent the last 34 years collecting data on over 150 different butterfly species in his efforts to regularly monitor butterfly population trends in our changing climate.
1 pm: Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse, a volunteer group that creates “pollination corridors” around the East Bay, shares how landscaping practices affect pollinators – and covers best plants and practices for making a pollinator-friendly difference no matter what size your garden!
10-4 pm: Stop by one of our info tables to learn more about gardening for butterflies in your area based on regional butterfly flyways and discuss what you can do to help re-establish butterfly populations in your corner of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area!
Tim Wong, aquatic biologist at the California Academy of Sciences and Pipevine Swallowtail whisperer.
Pollinator Posse at the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Tora’s group specializes in fostering Monarch caterpillars and butterflies and creating much-needed habitat in the urban jungle.
Andrea Hurd of Mariposa Garden Design specializing in permaculture methods and songbird, butterfly, and pollinator habitat gardens using California native and pollinator-friendly plants will share methods for designing meadows for butterflies.
Kelli Schley-Brownfield of Wild Flower Garden Design, Devil Mountain Nursery and Posse member will demonstrate butterfly puddling spots using Annie's plants.
Evelyn Orantes, independent curator, arts educator and teaching artist, and a new member of the Pollinator Posse will share visual representations of butterflies in arts and culture.
Andy Liu, Landscape Architect and garden designer specializing in butterfly habitat, explains why his neighborhood is alive with Swallowtails, Gulf
Fritillaries and many other winged wonders.
Sal Levinson, author, entomologist and gifted speaker on butterfly habitats.