The Land Conservancy collaborates with other PV blue butterfly Recovery Partners including Moorpark College, Urban Wildlands Group, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who oversee the butterflies reared in captivity and release them each spring onto lands the Conservancy has restored. Habitat restoration programs also bolster populations of other species of concern such as the cactus wren and California gnatcatchers. The restoration projects are designed by Conservancy biologists in collaboration with ecological restoration scientists in order to meet the needs of the species.
“These species are in peril. Each year that passes without new and plentiful opportunities for PV Blue butterflies to take hold on the landscape presents a mounting risk of their ultimate extinction. The PV Blue butterfly is not alone in this plight – monarch butterflies, local bees, and many other species face a dire future as development and aggressive, non-native plants destroy their natural habitats. Purchasing this wildlife corridor is the central opportunity that the PV blue butterfly and its ecosystem companions need in order to thrive. We have plans to quickly expand butterfly and songbird habitats in key areas around the Peninsula in order to provide a network of opportunities for these species to recover. We need the support of the Peninsula community in order to accomplish this goal.”
Adrienne Mohan, Land Conservancy Executive Director