By Collin Breaux  | Email: cbreaux@picketfencemedia.com | Twitter: @collin_breaux

With the arrival of spring, now is the perfect time to visit The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo and experience nature and all that it offers.

The Reserve will have a butterfly walk on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Education and Public Programs Manager Leeta Latham said the event should be a fun walk and beautiful time.

“They can probably expect, if there’s no weird weather, for it to be beautiful out there,” Latham said.

Butterfly enthusiast Gary Meredith will lead the hike and discuss butterfly behaviors and other trivia related to the colorful creatures, such as learning to identify butterflies and the different species.

“Gary always has some tidbits of information,” Latham said.

There are lots of different butterflies at The Reserve, including swallowtails and buckeyes. Coastal plants are blooming as the official start of spring gets near, meaning butterflies are drawn to their host plants.

“Butterflies are important pollinators,” Latham said.

Even if you’re not into butterflies, the March 21 event is a nice time to enjoy the wilderness and serene environment at The Reserve. For butterfly aficionados, the walk is a chance to learn about the important roles butterflies play in the ecosystem.

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Latham encouraged people to sign up as soon as possible. The event is for ages 10 and up.

“It usually fills up quickly,” Latham said.

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