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Monarch Butterflies

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Monarch Butterflies

Have you been to Natural Bridges beach and park in Santa Cruz in the Monarch butterfly wintering season, and seen the amazing sight of clusters of orange and black wings hanging from the eucalyptus trees? This story about the challenges to the Monarchs in Mexico and potentially in the US should interest you.


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We were there a few week ago... (see TR with a photo of the clusters a few posts up.) Their numbers were not as great as I had seen before but I wasn't sure if we were visiting during the peak.

We were wondering if the SC population is the same as the Mexican ones and concluded they are not. The signs say the ones on SC go to the Sierras over the summer.

Regardless, it would be sad if we lost these. They had the milkweed on display. I think Ardenwood Gardens at Fremont has these plants and are trying to attract them.

Edited: 29 January 2014, 18:14
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2. Re: Monarch Butterflies

The grove at Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz is the only state-recognized Monarch butterfly sanctuary. in California. I, too, think there are less of them this year than in some former years, but they are still fascinating. The Visitor's Center at the park has a very informative display about them.

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Ardenwood Farm in Fremont http://www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood has a colony of Monarchs... most years we have several thousand...nearing 10,000, but this year after a promising start they dissipated early...


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We were there last week and saw large clumps of butterflies hanging from the trees, with the occasional "burst" when a bird flew in to disturb them. There was a docent/park volunteer who was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It's a lovely little spot.

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