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“Monarch Butterflies”

Monarch Grove Sanctuary
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1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
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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.
Palm Desert, California
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“Monarch Butterflies”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Largest number of Monarchs during November-February period. Go on a sunny day, as that is when they are most active. If chilly and overcast, most you usually see are clusters huddled on branches of trees. Mating activity peaks around mid-January, so a sunny day then is your best bet to see lots of butterflies in the air.

Visited December 2012
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Columbia, Maryland
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“Thank you PG Citizens for creating this space”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

This is such a great example of good government and citizen action. People do make a difference, and 20 years ago, the people of PG took a stand for what mattered to them--not just development and money, but natural habitats for species that can't defend themselves against human impact. Just a charming, peaceful stroll, with butterflies abounding.

Visited November 2013
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Westlake Village, CA
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“Loved the butterflies!”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Lovely grove where the monarchs winter, from late October until March. Quite magical. There were docents to lend binoculars and give you information about the migration of these beautiful creatures.

Visited November 2013
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oakland, CA
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“The Butterflies are here, not in giant numbers yet, but here”
Reviewed November 15, 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 November 12, 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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