The pickleball community in the East Bay is known for giving back to the community. At the Montclair Courts in Oakland, we've participated and set up work days to clean the area around the courts to make it more comfortable for players and others who use the area. We started a Monarch Butterfly / Pollinator garden on the north side of the courts and, with generous donations of mulch and compost from the city, are looking forward to the fall planting season. We'll add more milkweeds and other native pollinators, along with plant signage and protections. To that end, we need to raise money for plants. Please consider donating to help the endangered Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators as we brighten up our corner of the world and show our neighbors the spirit and generosity of the pickleball community in Oakland.
Monarch Butterflies are on the endangered species list, and climate change is one of the driving factors. Monarchs pass through the East Bay on their way to and from the coastal overwintering sights. While they can find nectar on a variety of plants the milkweed is the only host to the hungry caterpillars. Mowing and pesticides have decimated their populations. We can make a difference by planting native milkweeds and other flowering plants. This garden will be a good demonstration of what you can do in your garden.