Community Efforts

Getting Involved in Community Efforts

Pollinator Groups, Events, and Activities

There are many ways to get involved in monarch/pollinator conservation, including national and international efforts. There are also California and Bay Area monarch and pollinator groups, programs, and resources that may interest you. Below are some resources that are listed in order of proximity to Contra Costa County, with the most local resource listed first.

East Bay Monarch Work Group

The East Bay Monarch Work Group was started in 2020 and meets approximately once a month to discuss monarch conservation topics and hear presentations by pollinator conservation scientists and other experts. Group members live or work in the East Bay Area and include interested community members, natural resource professionals, scientists, land managers, and others. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the group, please contact us.

The group’s mission is: “We aim to protect and conserve the wild western monarch butterfly population by increasing coordination of monarch conservation efforts in the East Bay. We will identify threats to monarchs and obstacles that hinder restoration of the monarch population in the East Bay, and we will provide guidance on how to reduce those threats and obstacles through outreach and education. We support the establishment, restoration, and enhancement of monarch breeding, migratory, and overwintering habitat.”

University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)

UC ANR “works hand in hand with industry to enhance agricultural markets, help the balance of trade, address environmental concerns, protect plant health, and provide farmers with scientifically tested production techniques and Californians with increased food safety.” They have an insect blog that often features stories about pollinators: BUG SQUAD: Happenings in the insect world.

Pollinator Posse

The Pollinator Posse creates pollinator-friendly landscaping and fosters appreciation of local ecosystems through outreach, education, and direct action.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Check out Pollinator Conservation Resources: California and Bring Back the Pollinators.

Pollinator Partnership

Check out Bee Friendly Farming Resources.

Community-Based Pollinator Stewardship

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LEARN: Local Pollinator Courses & Training Programs

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VOLUNTEER: Ecological Restoration (Planting, Maintenance, and Monitoring) & School/Community Gardens

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