Every fall, spectacular orange and black clouds of monarch butterflies fill the skies as they migrate from across North America to Central Mexico. West Coast populations make a similar though much shorter trip to coastal California. The National Wildlife Federation calls the monarch migration “one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world.” Not long ago, monarchs numbered in the billions, but in the last 20 years their population has dropped by 90%, due to habitat loss from pesticides, modern farming practices, urban development and other human activity. An estimated one million acres of habitat are lost each year.
But today, an army of citizen scientists, students and gardeners is engaged in restoring this beloved pollinator’s habitat – the wildflowers and milkweed and feeding corridors – so that one of nature’s most beautiful creatures will still be there for generations to come. And it starts in our own backyards.
The Monarch showcases this magnificent butterfly with eye-popping photos, fun facts about a monarch’s life cycle, and things to know about the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystem. Monarch enthusiast and nature blogger Kylee Baumle provides “action” projects for all ages, from planting milkweed and wildflowers to making butterfly watering stations…to volunteer activism.
After a hot Saturday we decided to cool down in Monterey. Well, I’ve just heard about Dennis the Menace Playground from baby Dani Shovevani, so we couldn’t wait to give it a try. The weather was way cooler on Sunday and Monterey was hidden in a thick patch of fog at times, but the playground and all Monterey day itinerary were cool too!
Another reason to go to Monterey before Labor Day was to rent a surrey. Somehow I remembered that you can rent it only until Labor Day, but today I found that there is a WAVE trolley during the summer that offers fun and free transportation until Labor Day… So we took the trolley, rented a 4-Wheel Family Bike Surrey from Adventures by the Sea and it seems that we can do the surrey all year round including Xmas, yay!
After the trolley and surrey ride, we went to a long time favorite that’s a sure hit with a climbing kid: Lovers Point Park. It was almost dinner time and we decided to not try LaTTiTudes again, our last dinner there, even if a long time ago, was not worth the beautiful view. We took a scenic drive to Fishwife, wishing it were a sunny day to enjoy the Asilomar State Beach. Marking it on the wish list for the butterfly season!
Fishwife was an absolute delight for all family, it warmed up a cool day with delicious flavor! From the friendly and welcoming service to the yummy menu, colorful and inviting for kids too, it won us for future visits in Monterey!
On the way back to highway 1 we saw 2 deers and that topped off a fun full day!
More from our Monterey wish list:
- Vision Quest Ranch, Wild Animal Sanctuary
- Earthbound Farms
- Monterey Youth (MY) Museum
- Monterey Bay Aquarium of course, the best FUN & LEARNING place!
- Path of History, Art Walk, Old Monterey
- Family Fun Itinerary, Family Adventures