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“The Butterflies are here, not in giant numbers yet, but here”

Monarch Grove Sanctuary
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch docents, who assist with the viewing of monarchs and can answer questions about the butterflies and their migration, are only there from 12pm-3pm as available. It is highly recommended that you go to the Sanctuary when a docent is present. There is no charge to visit the Sanctuary, but donations are accepted.The Monarchs arrive in the Sanctuary towards the end of October, and leave around the beginning of March. The monarch population peaks the week after Thanksgiving. The monarch migration to Pacific Grove is so inspiring that Pacific Grove is nicknamed "Butterfly Town, U.S.A." The community has always welcomed the butterflies and sought their protection. Citizens of Pacific Grove voted to create an additional tax to create the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, led by dedicated volunteers.The volunteers at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary are from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. The Museum, which is just about mile away from the Sanctuary, has a large exhibition on monarch butterflies containing videos and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. As both the Museum and Sanctuary are free, it's great to pair them together to get the most out of your experience to the monarch Sanctuary.
oakland, CA
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“The Butterflies are here, not in giant numbers yet, but here”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

Very cool to see the Monarchs clustered on the trees. We were here in October and there werent' really many to see yet. This past weekend November 9/10, they have started gathering in more number. My friend biked here and said that in the afternoon a docent with a telescope was on hand. the butterflies are more colorful when the sun is out, opening their brightly colored wings to warm them. In the foggier morning they appeared duller and it was possible to miss them in the eucalyptus leaves.

Visited November 2013
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Fremont, California
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“Interesting Visit”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

Our expectations were set by descriptions of trees covered with Monarch's. Unfortunately that was not the case on our visit. Only a couple of trees had them and the one with the best view was attended by an environmentalist docent who used his position as a 'soapbox' to loudly and constantly preach his stand on the planet's environmental issues and humanity. This sort of ruined the experience of the grove for us as after a while it became just plain annoying.

Visited November 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Amazing Monarchs”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

I made this trip earlier in the year in hopes of spotting the Monarchs but none were there. This trip was completely different as numerous clusters of Monarch were visible. A docent was on site with a spotting scope for the public's use. As the temperature warmed up the Monarchs started to flutter which makes for wonderful photos.

Visited November 2013
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So. Calif.
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“Many butterflies”
Reviewed 9 November 2013

In fairness the weather was rather cool so there weren't the thousands of butterflies we were told by someone at the Visitor's Center said there would be. But there were probably several hundred so it was fun watching them fly through the trees. This would be especially fun for children and families that are interested in nature.

Visited November 2013
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Vienna, Austria
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“Butterfly hospitality”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

The citizens of Pacific Grove have raised a specific tax to prepare a home for the Monarch butterflies who come here to spend the winter. It is a lovely place with Eucalyptus trees and flowering bushes and when the sun shines there they are: beautiful Monarchs... by the dozens. I only wished they would ask people not to talk so loudly. While the butterflies do not seem to mind it disturbs a bit the magic of the place.

Visited October 2013
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