What started as a simple project with her son 35 years ago has really taken flight for Leslie Beran. The Dixon woman gathers monarch butterfly eggs and raises the regal little flappers until they’re big enough to take flight on their own – and on Friday, she set 60 more of them free. After collecting eggs left on milkweeds, she gives them a safe place to thrive and grow before releasing them into nature. This year alone, she has raised and released 396 monarchs. Beran has established a Monarch Waystation near her rural Dixon home. The area is simply a protected place where milkweed is allowed to grow and thrive so the monarchs can lay their eggs. Beran has passed her love and knowledge of the monarchs along to her children and grandchildren, who help out with the project.