How Many Scientists Does It Take To Herd A Flock Of Monarchs?

None really. Just plant more trees like Pacelli says.
more butterfly trees

Last summer, Pacific Grove commissioned habitat scientists to conduct a thorough study of the conditions in the sanctuary, such as light, winds and placement of trees. The city said it will incorporate strategies proposed by the scientists into its new plan, as well as a system of feedback where the community can provide input.

One man who has given much for the sanctuary is Robert Pacelli. He spearheaded the campaign to bring potted eucalyptus trees to fill in the holes after the 2009 trimming.

His plan seemed to work. Pacelli said about 7,000 butterflies returned last winter, which was up from a paltry 700 or so the winter following the tree pruning. Numbers have been lower across the country, though, so the effect of the city’s trimming remains unclear.

How Many Scientists Does It Take To Herd A Flock Of Monarchs?

One thought on “How Many Scientists Does It Take To Herd A Flock Of Monarchs?

  1. Pacelli has gone tree crazy: he can’t stop. Have you been out there? It’s like a tree farm. The scientist has been paid and has made recommendations, but “Dr. Bob” thinks he knows better. Why hire these guys if the citizens who have a “vibe” think they can circumvent it? And the staff doesn’t have the balls to tell the over-zealous citizens to stop doing whatever they want out there. Pacelli isn’t the only one–just about every recent mayor (not Carmelita) has had a tree group (Trees for PG, Dan Cort; EcoCorps, Sandy Koffman) that does whatever it wants, ignoring the management plan. At some point, we need to follow it, and stop letting the amateur eco-nuts do their own thing.

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