Monarchs In Pacific Grove

Monarch_3862.jpg by gclemenson
Monarchs In Pacific Grove
     If you are in Monterey or are considering a trip don't forget to go check out the Monarchs in Pacific Grove. It is really something to go see. I have seen It before but it always awes me every time I go. When you first start walking down the trail into the butterfly sanctuary you don't really know what to expect. You can smell the Eucalyptus and wonder to yourself  what is a butterfly sanctuary? Basically it is a place for the Monarch Butterfly's to stop off and rest on their way between Mexico and Canada. The Monarchs winter here from November until late February. They can be seen hanging in clusters of thousands of monarchs in the Eucalyptus trees. At first the hanging bunches look like dead leaves but then you realize hey those are really thousands of Monarch Butterflies hanging there. If you are lucky enough to be there when there is a docent around they will usually have a small telescope trained on the bunches hanging in the trees. It truly is something to see. Be sure to bring a small pair of binoculars and your cameras. Then, there is a magical time when the temperature gets warm and the clusters start to rustle around and the Monarchs start to fly. When it starts to really warm up there will be literally thousands of butterflies flying in the air all over the butterfly sanctuary. It is truly a beautiful sight. So if you are in Monterey or PG during that time of year don't forget to stop by and check out this beautiful sight. It truly is amazing seeing all these Monarchs in the air at once. When you first see them flying they look like small bats flying and then you see the brilliant orange color that only a Monarch Butterfly has.  The Monarch Sanctuary is open from Sunrise to Sunset and docents are available from from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. Monterey (CA)

 Monarch_3862.jpg, a photo by gclemenson on Flickr.

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