Butterflies at Ellwood in Goleta
By Robert Bernstein
I have been visiting the monarch butterflies at Ellwood Eucalyptus Grove in Goleta since the 1980s.
Numbers have gone down over the years, with almost none seen here two years ago. So, it is with great delight to see they are returning this year in good numbers!
Last year there was a moderately good return, but the butterflies were not in the Ellwood Main Grove. But this year, they are back in their old home at Ellwood Main Grove.
My wife and I walked from our condo to the grove on Sunday and here are a few photos that I took.
When you visit the grove, please be respectful of being in a nature preserve. It was disheartening to see so many people bringing unleashed dogs running loose into this area. Please do not do that.
I hope to be back again in the coming weeks and take more photos, but here are a few for now!