"Butterfly species are intimately tied to plant species," Wright explained. "Most people now know a monarch needs a milkweed ... It’s the same [dynamic] for every other species." Each kind of butterfly relies on one or two kinds of plants for survival, Wright pointed out: "They can’t just use anything green. If we eliminate the plant, we have effectively eliminated that species."
The butterfly center is particularly important for monarch butterflies. "We are a critical oasis for the monarchs in their migratory pathway," Wright said. "North of us and south of us are urban developments, cattle ranches and commercial farmland."