In Michigan City, on September 12, 2021, from 1PM to 5 PM, the community is invited to join Save the Dunes for “Monarch Music Fest” as the nonprofit celebrates the journey and migration of the Monarch butterfly through the Region with music and food at Michigan City’s Brewery Lodge & Supper Club. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Save the Dunes’ work to protect and advocate for the Indiana dunes, Lake Michigan, and surrounding natural areas, which includes efforts to protect pollinators like the Monarch butterfly. Monarch Music Fest tickets start at $40 online and are available until the event reaches capacity (250 people limit). Tickets can be purchased at savedunes.org under the events tab.
Experts say Monarch populations are in steep decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, climate change, and pollution. “The Monarch butterfly is just one of many pollinators responsible for the incredible plant-life that we find in the Indiana dunes,” says Natalie Johnson, executive director for Save the Dunes. “As we celebrate their migration to Mexico this fall, we’re raising funds to see that more of their habitat is protected across the region. We hope that you will join us for good music, food, and friendship – but more importantly – we hope that you will join us to raise more awareness for this incredible species.”