See Monarchs Year-Round at Encinitas Butterfly Farms

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Monarch butterflies migrate north from Mexico to several areas along the California coast where they lay eggs during the spring. Monarch butterflies are the only two-way migrators other than birds.
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In 2018, a drastic drop was recorded by agencies that track the migration of butterflies. Climate change and deforestation have contributed to a steady decline, though scientists do not know what caused the sudden drop last year.
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Butterfly Ranch is a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of the monarch butterfly, which has seen a population decline over the past two decades, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
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At Butterfly Farms, located at 441 Saxony Road in Encinitas, visitors can not only see monarch butterflies but a variety of species. Guests may also catch "butterflies" before they transform, either as caterpillars or cocoons.
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Butterfly Farms is open April through November 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and their hours vary during the winter. Call (760)613-5867 for exact times.
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