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Talk: Bay Area Butterflies and the Native Plants They Need, in Los Altos, Fri, March 22

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  • Arvind Kumar
    Topic: Bay Area Butterflies and the Native Plants They Most Need Speaker: Liam O’Brien Friday, March 22 at 7:30 PM Los Altos Library Program Room 13 So. San
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      Topic: Bay Area Butterflies and the Native Plants They Most Need
      Speaker: Liam O’Brien

      Friday, March 22 at 7:30 PM
      Los Altos Library Program Room
      13 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

      Liam O'Brien's life shifted forever when a tiger swallowtail
      flew into his yard in San Francisco in 2007. Trained as a
      stage actor, his art and energies were redirected into
      illustration, conservation and activism. He brought the idea
      of “The Green Hairstreak Project - the Restoration of a
      Vanishing Butterfly’s Ecosystem” to Nature in the City in
      2008, spearheaded efforts to restore Mission Blues back to
      Twin Peaks, and has had a highly successful career as a
      painter of interpretive trail signs for San Francisco's Rec &
      Parks Department.

      O’Brien surveyed all the breeding populations of butterflies
      in San Francisco County in 2007 and again in 2009. His
      talk will go through the 34 species and
      connects native host plants to what folks can do to benefit
      the creatures in their gardens.

      His field guide will be
      available at the end of the talk. It contains paintings and
      scaled rendering of species that will visit Bay Area yards.

      His first book (co-authored with Matt Zlatunich) “The
      Butterflies of the Presidio,” was published by the Presidio
      Trust in the fall of 2012. He is currently on the Board of
      Directors for the Yerba Buena Chapter of CNPS.

      Directions: From Foothill Expy., travel ½ mile on San
      Antonio Rd. towards the Bay, cross Hillview and turn right
      into the driveway; the library is on the left. From El
      Camino, travel towards the hills on San Antonio Rd., cross
      Edith and turn left into the unmarked driveway just before
      Hillview. The sign on San Antonio Rd. reads “Civic
      Center, Library and History Museum.” Enter through the
      lobby of the main entrance.

      CNPS general meetings are free and open to the public. For more
      information, contact Stephen Rosenthal at sailinsteve@
      sbcglobal.net or the Chapter phone (650) 260-3450.
       
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      Arvind Kumar
      California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter
      Join today to protect natural habitats and the environment

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