Monarch Butterflies at Pismo State Beach

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Monarch Butterflies at Pismo State Beach
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By Robert Bernstein

Between Christmas and New Year's we were at Pismo State Beach to see  the monarch butterflies.

Here are all of my photos.

The grove is on Highway 1 about half a mile north of West Grand Avenue in Grover Beach. As I reported at our own Ellwood grove in Goleta, the count is down from previous years.

But there were several large clusters of monarch butterflies in the eucalyptus trees. A lot more than what I saw at the Ellwood Main grove a few days earlier.

The Pismo grove is very visitor-friendly. There is plenty of parking along Highway 1, a short walk from the grove. There are informative signs and docents to answer questions. There was even a shop where you could buy books and souvenirs!

There were also several high-quality telescopes set up to give a very close-up view of the butterflies!

But even with a good pair of your own binoculars or a good camera you can get a clear view. The lighting has a big effect on what you will see.

After visiting the butterflies we took a beautiful walk out to the ocean at Pismo State Beach

I would not necessarily recommend making a special trip up there. In our case we were coming back from the Bay Area. But if you are passing through that area as we were, I would definitely recommend making the stop!

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