We are a little family trying to make a big difference. That's what I tell people when I discuss my walking through ditches hunting for caterpillars. My name is Dawn and I am a wife, mother, registered nurse and butterfly enthusiast. All of this monarch madness started when I was a teenager. My mother was a Montessori school teacher, and the beginning of every school year, she would be out hunting for caterpillars. I was absolutely fascinated with the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly and, when I hit my twenties, I found myself out in roadside ditches hunting for my own caterpillars.
I am now in my 50's, and my life is a hectic one. I am an operating room nurse and have four kiddos ranging from 16 to 7 years old. My kids have caught the "bug" of monarch rearing and I love that they get as excited as I do every summer. It is always a sad day when we set our last monarch free for the season. As fall settles in, we go into our own "overwintering" phase until we find a precious little pearl on the underside of our milkweed the following June.
Please enjoy this site and see how you, too, can help save these magical creatures!