Butterfly Safari
  and insect egg hunt
April 11, 2009

Welcome to Butterfly Safari Station 1 looked at Painted Lady eggs and butterfly plants Information on specific butterflies were given and children looked at eggs under the microscope

Approximately 350 visitors came to Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon to enjoy a "Butterfly Safari."  Families came to celebrate spring.  They walked around the mystical wetlands and visit 3 areas to learn about butterflies and other insects.  They saw the little eggs of the painted lady butterfly on the mallow plants. The butterfly meadow was full of butterflies and eggs.   In the nursery they planted milkweed, so monarch butterflies could visit their home.  Children make a little basket and then went hunting for insect eggs.  Many saw new ducklings and the western pond turtles, as well as different frogs and birds.  Over 25 volunteers helped make the day a wonderful success.

Station 2 explained that milkweed is a plant that Monarch butterfly prefer and they planted seeds Making an egg carton basket that they decorated. Hunting for those insect eggs.

Funding from
Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District
Math Science Nucleus