Countless clusters of fragile orange wings fluttering overhead look awesome on the sky-blue backdrop. Also, clusters of monarch butterflies may be found sleeping on tree trunks or bent branches. Despite being light when taken separately, in clusters, they become quite heavy.
This unique spectacle can be seen throughout the winter months when all the monarchs from the Rocky Mountains gather together and head to their wintering site in California's Pacific Grove, and another group makes its way to Mexico.
Pacific Grove is just a stone's throw from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and several stones from Carmel-by-the-Sea. The Monarch Sanctuary is located in beautiful downtown with free parking on Ridge Road. This area boasts the largest population of overwintering monarchs in Monterey County for public viewing and is generally one of the largest monarch overwintering sites in America. Clustered high in numerous trees in overwintering places, monarchs might call up dead leaves, so get your eyes ready for distinguishing them.
The monarchs start arriving in mid-November and leave by mid-March. Fauna connoisseurs claim their mating rituals take place in mid-February around Valentine's Day—what romantic creatures these monarchs truly are!