Did you know that the Monarch Butterfly population has declined by 98 percent over the last 20 years? That’s why it’s important to do what we can to help nurture and strengthen the existing number of butterflies.
Thanks to Legacy, Monarch Watch and community volunteers, Dana Point now has its first Monarch Butterfly Habitat located at Sea Terrace Park. It’s a first step to bringing a large population of Monarchs back to Dana Point. Pollinator habitat horticulturist Marianne Hugo and Monarch Butterfly expert and author Susie Vanderlip planned and directed the implementation of the habitat.
As Susie notes, the Monarch population is dropping because of habitat loss and pesticide use, among other issues. Planting native milkweed and nectar plants is critical.
The new Dana Point habitat will need tender loving care and lots of water, but it will be a showcase habitat when established.