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Butterflies in Los Osos Grove Staying Longer Than Usual

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SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif- It looks like the butterflies in Monarch Grove in Los Osos are staying for the holidays. They usually take off earlier in the winter but researchers have been finding ways for them to stay cozy all winter.

Dr. Kingston Leong specializes in monarch butterfly habitat and has managed the Los Osos Butterfly Grove since 1989. "Notice as you look out, can you see there is quite a bit of open space and because of that open space there's more winds coming through," said Dr. Leong as he showed around his new volunteers.

Dr. Leong said the butterflies were clustering in a windy area which was a hazard to their health and many would leave. "Anytime you have a grove that's unstable then they will leave a grove and if they leave in mid winter they may or may not find another grove therefore their survival is in jeopardy," said Dr. Leong.

Last month Cal Fire cleared a number of tree's to make defensible space for fires but also to help the butterfly habitat. "Some of us tree lovers were wondering about that but thanks for explaining I'll try to pass it on," said Tom Cantwell a volunteer.

Today Dr. Leong assembled a small team to study the monarch to ensure they have a happy and sunny home for the winter. "Since we have modified the grove to let in more sun light so that they could move further into the grove in a more sheltered area, they are present throughout this entire winter," said Dr. Leong.

Volunteers will help to manage the grove.

Info to volunteer:

Tom Cantwell  cantwell3d@icloud.com

Judy Reina (661) 609-1395

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