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Old Jan 31, 2012, 9:54 PM   #1
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Default Monarch Butterfly Preserve

I had business to attend in Goleta, California so I took a quick side trip to the Ellwood Monarch Butterfly Preserve. This is one of their larger wintering sites in California that is accessible by the public. Nearly 90,000 are known to gather here each winter.

Monarchs begin their cycle in California or Mexico. These butterflies go lay eggs in the Rockies in March. The new hatchlings start to migrate throughout the North America, into Canada, while reproducing and dying along the way. Third or forth generation butterflies return to California and Mexico as winter approaches, to spend the winter and the cycle start all over again.



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Old Jan 31, 2012, 10:51 PM   #2
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Nature will leave you dumbfounded every time. What an amazing spectacle. Thanks for posting those.
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Old Feb 1, 2012, 7:55 AM   #3
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Amazing Saly, thanks for sharing!!!

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What they said! Spectacular!
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Monarchs, swallows, ducks and geese, salmon, all of nature is simply amazing. These images too are amazing, thanks for showing them.
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Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing these amazing little troopers! How their great grandkids manages to find their way back to this exact spot is simply beyond imagination!

If you are ever in California (or live here), there are several colonies you can visit between November and February:
www.monarchwatch.org/download/pdf/where.pdf
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What an awesome sight and a privilege to see it!
Beautiful pictures.
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Well done! Must be really something to see this in person.
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The Monarchs pass through our area in the fall on their way south. The Niagara Peninsula is an overland shortcut past the Great Lakes into the U.S. The Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls has a Monarch tagging programme in which the public can 'adopt' and tag their 'own' butterfly prior to its migration.

I can recall once seeing maybe 50 or 60 Monarchs all clustered in a maple tree one evening. Truly remarkable creatures.

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That has to be such wonderful site. . .thanks for sharing.
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