I have been visiting the monarch butterflies at Ellwood Eucalyptus Grove in Goleta since the 1980s.
Numbers had gone down over the years, with almost none seen here three years ago. So, it is with great delight to see they are returning this year in good numbers!
Two years ago there was a moderately good return, but the butterflies were not in the Ellwood Main Grove. Then last year they were back in their old home at Ellwood Main Grove.
I biked over there on Monday around 1:30PM and there were several good-sized clusters. Here are my photos.
When you visit the grove, please be respectful of being in a nature preserve. Please do not let dogs run loose in this delicate area.
I hope to be back again in the coming weeks and take more photos, but here are a few for now!
– Robert Bernstein