Norma B Gibbs Park; Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Site

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Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park ~ Monarch Overwintering Site in Huntington Beach, California
Leslie Gilson demonstrates the 'power of one'.

Her work and dedication turned this abandoned overgrown park
that was no longer a Monarch (Danaus plexippus) overwintering site
to a beautiful park with the beginnings of overwintering Monarch butterflies once again!
Read below for more about Leslie Gilson.

To donate funds to support the continued restoration of the park, please contact Leslie at
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park, c/o Leslie Gilson, 6062 Summerdale Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park - Leslie Gilson, Helen Johnson
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park - Leslie Gilson
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Helen Johnson (left) Leslie Gilson (right)
Leslie Gilson, In the Middle
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Before Restoration
Before Restoration
New Trees Planted
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park
Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park - Leslie Gilson, Helen Johnson
      PRESERVE   PROTECT   MANAGE

Leslie Gilson (a Huntington Beach resident) with the backing and support of Jean Nagy of The Huntington Beach Tree Society and the city of Huntington Beach took on the restoration of the Norma Gibbs Monarch Butterfly overwintering site in 2007.

Leslie writes, "We removed 179 dead and dying Euclyptus trees and re-forested with a plan provided by Creekside Science. The first half of the project was the North bed which was planted with over 800 nectar and milkweed plants (the only food source for the Monarch). These were put in by over 200 volunteers on Arbor Day April 29, 2008. The first core of 65 trees was also planted Arbor Day. One young man planted the circle for his Eagle Scout project Oct. 25th 2008. Another Eagle Scout planted 40 more core trees on Nov. 15th 2008. When finished we will have over 1600 plants and close to 175 trees planted.
Our goal is to lure the majestic Monarch back and restore this magnificent overwintering site."

Article about Leslie and the Park
Article about Leslie and More
Arbor Day Tree Planting and Leslie Gilson
Removed 179 dead and dying trees
Butterfly Heros