Golden Hour has partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners in Wildlife Program, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Division, and butterfly maven Liam O’Brien to begin a 3 year stewardship program that will emphasize habitat enhancement for the federally threatened Mission Blue Butterfly. USFWS will be helping fund this extraordinary project which will help maintain critical habitat for the butterfly long term.
Liam O’Brien coined the term “Mission Blue Crew” for regular group of volunteers helping maintain habitat for this butterfly which was nearly chased from the top of Twin Peaks with its habitat being replaced by development. With years of professional translocation, monitoring, and stewardship work, there are now many hundred eggs that are regularly located on lupines on Twin Peaks, indicating the butterfly is slowly recovering.
We tested out a volunteer day in April when the Blues were flying and are now ready to scale this up to an 8-day-a-year project wherein trained volunteers have the opportunity to work as habitat stewards in various stage of this butterfly’s life cycle. Although adults can only be spotted flying for about one month out of the entire year, there is much work outside of those months that needs to take place.
Please inquire with us about opportunities and we’ll make sure it’s a good match for the goals of the stewardship program.