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Here’s how to get up close and personal to thousands of monarch butterflies along Monterey County coast

Monterey County, CA (KGO)-Every fall, monarch butterflies head to Monterey County to survive the cold season before moving on to mating season.

We still have time to see them in 2022, but until mid-February. Here are some tips you need to know to have the best experience.

The natural beauty of Monterey’s coast can only be seen for a few more weeks this year. But to witness it, you have to look up.

“There were thousands of years and other years, zero last year, 650 the previous year, and 800 the previous year,” said Docent Stephanie Turcot Edenholm of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. .. “It’s different every year. This year we were blessed with 14,000 at peak times.”

The last count in early January was exactly 9,511.

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Around September, Monark visits Monterey County and the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary each year. There are optimal conditions for these butterflies.

These conditions include temperature, tree diversity, protection from elements, humidity, and plenty of sunlight.

They get together during the winter, but when ABC7 reporter Dustin Dorsey went, he had some incredible views.

“I encourage people to visit, it’s a great time to come,” Edenholm said. “At this time of the year, we may have hundreds of monarchs suddenly flying off the tree, so if you come, you might be able to witness something like that. It’s pretty magical. is.”

People from all over the world come to visit the Pacific Globe monarch. The people we talked to were there for the first time.

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“I was very impressed,” said Anne Steffen, a resident of Hilmer. “It’s a beautiful place just to walk, but it’s a special place just to see butterflies here.”

“It’s spectacular,” said Genie Psomas, who lives in San Francisco. “It’s completely unique and different from what I’ve ever seen. California is so spectacular and can connect with nature. We are very much with our environment and what is around us. You can connect to a deep level. It’s really good to have that connection. “”

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However, the time to connect with these beautiful butterflies lasts only a few weeks before leaving for the mating season.

The best time to go is noon on a warm day. If the weather is less than 55 degrees, butterflies do not like to leave the flock. When the temperature is right and the sun is shining, cold-blooded creatures seek sunshine at the bottom of the grove. It’s the best time to see the activity. Don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars!

If you haven’t seen butterflies before, now is the time.

“I don’t know how many it will be next year,” Edenholm said. “So if you are interested and can come, please come by mid-February. Come see the monarch.”

Edenholm said that you can play your role in helping the monarch by planting native milkweed and nectar.

The next time you’re in Pacific Grove, enjoy the Zen Monarchs of Monterey County.

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