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The Monarch Beach Butterfly Sanctuary at Dana Point is dedicated to providing food & shelter for these beautiful creatures during their life cycle.

Good For the Environment

Monarch butterflies need milkweed plants to lay their eggs. More than beautiful, monarch butterflies contribute to the health of our planet. While feeding on nectar, they pollinate many types of wildflowers. ... Monarch butterflies are also an important food source for birds, small animals, and other insects.

Why Should We Save Monarch's

Monarch butterflies are important because they collect pollen. We should care about them because bees would be busier without them. The monarch butterflies are important because they migrate and go to Mexico. We should care about them because they are alive.

Why Are Monarch's Special

Monarch butterflies travel as much as 100 miles a day during its 3,000-mile migration south. During its migration, each butterfly relies on the huge volume of food it ate when it was a caterpillar for fuel. Monarchs smell with their antennae. Nectar and water are tasted by the sensory hairs on their legs and feet.

Effect of Climate Change

The twin forces of human-caused climate change and habitat loss are now threatening North American monarch butterflies with extinction. Increasing carbon dioxide levels may be making milkweed—the only food monarch caterpillars will eat—too toxic for the monarchs to tolerate.

Fun Facts About The Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterflies travel as much as 100 miles a day during its 3,000-mile migration south.

During its migration, each butterfly relies on the huge volume of food it ate when it was a caterpillar for fuel.

Monarchs smell with their antennae. Nectar and water are tasted by the sensory hairs on their legs and feet.

Dayna Anderson

Sanctuary Co-Chair
Citizen Scientist
Monarch Butterfly Advocate

Monarch Butterfly

Pollinator
Monarch Beach Butterfly Sancutary

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