News from Gibbs Park

December 3, 2017. We’ve been seeing butterflies in Gibbs Park, but the best monarch clusters so far have been at Central Park. Here are some clusters that Leslie took. Enjoy!

November 1, 2017: Molly Lambert built a tepee in Gibbs Park. 🙂

October 25, 2017: The monarchs have arrived at Gibbs Park! Due to the hot weather, they are not exhibiting normal clustering behavior. This picture was taken last night about 6 pm.

Sept 3, 2017: John Runyard wrote: Every weekend, Diesel Dog comes to Gibbs Park and goes straight for Doug, our #2 volunteer waterer. Diesel goes nuts around water. Thanks to Peter Anninos for the pic!

August 20, 2017: Thank you to Eagle Scout Vinh Nguyen and Scout Troop 2003 for sanding and painting the benches and tables at Gibbs Park. Looks fantastic!

July 4, 2017: Happy July 4th! Those owl parents are doing a wonderful job!

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June 8, 2017: There are the 3 baby owls and 2 adults at the Park at dusk today. Getting bigger!

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June 2017: We have at least 3 baby owls with an adult owl at the Park. Look up in the trees to see if you can spot them.

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May 2017: Another great drone video from John Runyard. Thanks John!

April 2017: Great Caterpillar video from Old Pirate.

March 2017: Great article about our local Monarch butterflies, Leslie, Gibbs Park, and more butterfly rescuers from Orange Coast Magazine here.

March 2017: Thanks for the Garage Sale benefiting the park!


February 2017: Many thanks to our volunteers Alyssa, Autumn, Stella and Taylor for helping clear the trees felled in the recent storm.

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January 11, 2017: Great Daily Pilot article about Jean Nagy and the Huntington Beach Tree Society here.

December 23, 2016: Great Daily Pilot article on Leslie Gilson, Gibbs Park, Norma Gibbs and work on monarch restoration here.

November 2016: The monarchs have returned to Huntington Beach Central Park in trees behind the Amphitheater. Thank you to DeeDee Gollwitzer for the great photo.

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Monarch Butterfly Clusters in Huntington Beach Central Park. Taken by DeeDee Gollwitzer. 🙂

November 9, 2016: John Runyard flew a drone around Gibbs Park. Those dry brown spots are the field from above. The blue circles are the playground area. And the trees are the eucalyptus trees of Gibbs Park.


October 17, 2016: Scout butterflies are showing up in the tree in the circle garden during the day. However, they seem to move around a lot each night and are hard to find.

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October 16, 2016: A long needed and deserved thank you goes out to the Gibbs Park Watering crew, especially Doug and John (and Gary and Lou along with the supporting cast of dogs: Scout, Bobbie, Nickie, and Leroy). Thank you for keeping the trees and plants alive during the drought.

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October 13, 2016: Met Leslie at Gibbs Park today. She said that the scout monarchs are starting to look at the Gibbs Park trees for a migration spot. Let us know if you see them!

Sept 24, 2016: Tina Stevenson (amazing Gibbs Park docent) and Leslie Gilson presented Gibbs Park and the monarchs at the Global Festival in Irvine. See what her presentation looks like here: Thank you so much Tina and Leslie for everything you do.



July 21, 2016: There are two, count ’em, two owls in the park! We were treated to THIS owl moving and trying to get the attention of our resident owl. What a sight. They are by the 2nd gate north side big tree with three trunks.

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July 17, 2016: If you are playing Pokemon Go, there are great Pokemon to be had on the second bench from the left near the butterfly mosaic (between the J position mosaic and the light post I think the guy said he caught a 680 ponyta there?). There is another Pokemon site on Ray’s bench near the garden circle. 🙂 Good luck!

July 15, 2016: Thank you to DeGuelle Glass for donating new plexiglass for the kiosks.



We added mulch and weeded along the Summerlane side. It looks great!

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May 20, 2016: Someone stole the donation boxes from the park. PLEASE be our eyes and ears. Call 911 you do not need to leave a name. The police are aware of the problems at the park.

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May 20, 2016: Finn especially likes the Butterfly Park!


May 19, 2016: Someone set fire to one of our old blue gums. Thank heaven it did not set the grove or the neighborhood on fire. They removed Leslie’s trellis and tried to use it as wood. An accelerant was used. Last week a young man was seen trying to get into our donation box during the day. Please, if you see crime happening, report it. You do not have to give your name to the police. Leslie

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May 13, 2016: Another feathered friend enjoyed the flowers in the park. 🙂


April 5, 2016: Our Great Horned Owl friend is still in the park. He moves from tree to tree, so hopefully you might catch a glimpse!

April 2, 2016:  Leslie Gilson and Tina Stevenson represented Gibbs park at the Home Depot Water Wise event. Thanks Tina and Leslie!

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March 21, 2016: The Great Horned Owl has moved back to the tree in the center circle.

March 14, 2016: An amazing shot of the owl by DeeDee Gollwitzer. 🙂 It seems to be roosting in the tree nearest the yellow iris on the north wall. Look straight up in a tree fork and you might see it.

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March 11, 2016: A Great Horned Owl has decided to roost in Gibbs Park. Isn’t it amazing?

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March 10, 2016: Here is how monarch butterfly tagging works.

February 11, 2016: Leslie tagged and released a female monarch she raised from Gibbs on January 21. She found her again today! Yay, they are sticking around!

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Here is a video of the tagged butterfly mating

January 24, 2016: Yay! The monarchs faked us out the other day! They seem to be sticking around and having a great time. 😀

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January 23, 2016: The Huntington Beach Central Park monarch cluster seems to be dispersing. What a wonderful sight it was when it was here.

January 21, 2016: Girl Scout Troup 3113 cleaned the tiles and fence at Gibbs Park. Thank you all. Well Done!!!

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January 17, 2016:  120 butterflies from the Huntington Beach Central Park cluster were tagged by Dr. Justin Wright,  Dara Satterfield,  Leslie Gilson, and Priscilla Cruz. Wing measurements were taken and butterflies were tested for OE (the parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha, which is a parasite which can pass from the female butterfly to hurt its offspring).  The condition of their wings was noted and the data and tagging will help with the migration information.


January 15, 2016: The butterflies are moving down to the lower branches and into smaller clusters. Here they are sunning themselves:

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January 12, 2016: What a wonderful day! Lots of butterflies sunning themselves and mating. Here are a couple of pictures:

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January 6, 2016: We weathered a large storm and so did the butterfly cluster.

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January 1, 2016: The monarchs are flying around in the grove when it’s sunny. It’s magical!

Mourning cloak landed on Ashley’s hand in Central Park by the monarch clusters. She says butterfly’s like her. They landed on her at least 5 times while we were there.


Here is a video of one monarch cluster fluttering: