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Welcome Back to the Awe-Inspiring Monarch Butterflies

Listen to the recent Diane Rehm Show: The Shrinking Monarch Butterfly Population

Monarch butterflies return to the Monterey Bay area. Photo: Flickr user / MarkSantaCruz

Monarch butterflies return to the Monterey Bay area. Photo: Flickr user / MarkSantaCruz

The Monarch butterfly has a phenomenal migration pattern. One butterfly can fly (or float) south from Canada to Mexico, but  it takes several generations (3 or 4)  for the return trip north. How do they know where to go?

Fostering of local awareness of the Monarch migration happens at both ends of Monterey Bay. Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz hosts ‘Welcome Back Monarchs Day‘ – this year landing on Sunday, October 13, from 10am to 4pm. And in Pacific Grove, you can visit the Monarch Grove Sanctuary.  The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History also hosts a Monarch exhibit.

Earlier this month, The Diane Rehm Show addressed issues related to the population of Monarchs, with an  environmental outlook: The Shrinking Monarch Butterfly Population.

 

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