Ian Bryan fell in love with butterflies the first year his grandmother took him to see the California Monarch’s over-wintering site in Monterey when he was 6 years old. Each year his grandmother would take him to a new wintering site along the coast to watch the butterflies and learn about other plants and animals sharing the same habitat. But as the years went on, the population of Monarchs declined. Now, they are critically endangered and in need of our help, along with many other species of plant and animal.
Butterfly farming supports habitat conservation, and in many cases provides the only way for indigenous people to make money using their natural habitat. The alternatives include slashing and burning for cash crops, raising cattle, and other extremely destructive agricultural methods that are decimating the very same rain forests that are so critically endangered.
Proceeds are donated back to organizations such as World Wildlife Fund and Audubon Society to help fight habitat loss, and domestically to organizations interested in preserving the host plant nectaring and breeding sites Monarchs need to make their journey each year to Mexico.
Ian is interested in preserving the habitats of not only the butterflies of the world, but the plants, animals, and people sharing these habitats. His art is a visual reminder of what’s at stake if we lose these places, and is meant to inspire people to look further into the beauty of what is left.