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HabNet Coalition

Coastal Program Highlights

Students are improving habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators

Simi Valley, California | 2015

The Simi Valley Adventist Church School partnered with the Coastal Program to restore habitat in Simi Valley, which is part of Greater Los Angeles, California. Simi Valley is surrounded by the Simi Hills, an important wildlife corridor between the Santa Monica Mountains to the Santa Susana Mountains.

Students decided to restore upland habitat that benefits native species, including monarch butterfly, western fence lizard, and Anna’s hummingbird. The Coastal Program worked with teachers and students to design and implement the restoration and to develop an educational curriculum. The students are maintaining the restoration site and monitoring it for wildlife use.

 


Cover Photo: Monarch caterpillar, Courtney Celly/USFWS
Inset Photo: Schoolyard habitat planting, USFWS