Posts Tagged ‘Monarch’

Shortly after posting that excellent picture of Anna’s Hummingbird yesterday, I came across these pictures which if not mistaken were taken on our trip to Monteray bay in California 8 years ago.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Californian Sea-Lions

Californian Sea-Lions

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

That was a memorable trip which included visiting the most northerly wintering site for Monarch butterflies.

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies

This lovely picture of a Monarch remind me of our trip to the Monterey bay area of California in 2009

Through My Lens

A common, yet very beautiful butterfly that I saw while walking with my son, Herman, in a small nature reserve here on the Gold Coast.

Wandering Monarch

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Following on from the post I re-blogged yesterday about Monterey I had to go back into the photo archive and bring out some of my favourite pictures from that trip

 

Sea-Otter

Sea-Otter

 

Sea-Lions

Sea-Lions

Porpoise and Jelly fish

Porpoise and Jelly fish

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

 

Pacific Grove Butterfly Zone

Pacific Grove Butterfly Zone

 

Monarch butterfly in flight

Monarch butterfly in flight

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

 

Great place; Great people; Great holiday; Great memories

 

Some more pictures from our trip to see the Monarchs at Pacific Grove in 2008. It is truly an amazing sight, the butterflies just seemed to be everywhere. In fact, you even got the feeling sometimes that the trees themselves were alive as the butterflies flew in and out and moved about upon. This is definitely one of those natural history scenes I will not forget for a very long time.

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Having just posted about our experiences with going to pacific Grove to see the Monarchs it was disappointing to see this news

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The North American monarch butterfly has reached an all-time low in population according to this year’s census in Mexico where much of the population winters.
You can guess the main causes: the usual double-whammy of human action, habitat destruction and use of toxic chemicals. It’s like a globalization of West Virginia’s approach to the environment.
There are groves in California that are used by wintering monarchs. Here’s summary of what’s happened there this year: Fremont’s population left during cold snap. The count at Pacific Grove was over 11,000.
Bring back the milkweed!

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One of the great things about photography and particularly digital photography is the ability to store and readily access images which are capable of reminding you of places and events that you have visited. So as I sit here on a cold and wet winters morning in London sorting through some pictures for a lecture I have to give next week, I came across a file of photos taken when Sue and I visited California in 2008. One of the great delights on that trip was the visit to Pacific Grove. Pacific Grove is a seaside community on the Monterey Peninsula, which is famous for over wintering Monarch butterflies. Every October, thousands of them arrive from the north and make their home in a special area of eucalyptus trees and Monterey pines, which shelters behind some houses. The entrance to the park is not obvious, but the helpful bus driver pointed us in the right direction. and there beyond and behind the houses was a truly marvellous sight.

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Each October since 1939, Pacific Grove has celebrated their arrival with a welcoming Butterfly Parade, featuring school children dressed in wings. A 1939 city ordinance authorizes a $1,000 fine (a lot of money in 1939) for “molesting a butterfly in any way.” The people of Pacific Grove have had a long love affair with their butterfly guests and take their protection very seriously.

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These photos were taken on a trip to California at Pacific Grove on Monteray bay. This is the most northerly winter population of Monarchs and can be found in a small stand of trees surrounded by houses

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If you can get BBC iplayer there is currently a documentary available on the migration of the Monarch butterflies called The incredible story of the Monarch butterfly