Certified Way Station
The Maitland Garden of Hope is proud to serve as a certified way station for the Monarch Butterfly on its long journey to Mexico. That’s important because the Monarch Butterfly is one of the world’s great pollinators and its North American migration is recognized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an endangered biological phenomenon.
This endangerment is the result of a variety of threats, including logging and clearance for Mexican agriculture, as well as coastal development in California. Beyond these problems, the Monarch Butterfly population is also being reduced by pesticides, loss of milkweed, parasites and climate change.
Did you know?
- Monarchs can travel between 50 and 100 miles a day, and that they can take up to two months to complete their journey to winter habitats.
- Monarchs cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees; they will sit in the sun or “shiver” their wings to warm up.
- Monarchs can produce up to four generations during a single summer.