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“Sadly in Serious Decline”

Coronado Butterfly Preserve
Ranked #5 of 34 things to do in Goleta
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Reviewed October 10, 2017

The butterflies, once so plentiful are reduced to just a few. Our 7-year drought has damaged many of the eucalyptus trees, some of which will have to be taken out. The City of Goleta and various residents are arguing now about how many and how to go about it. Nobody's happy but we have less to complain about than the Monarchs themselves. They eat only milkweed. All along their migration paths, it has been poisoned almost out of existence by chemical herbicides. What was a twice yearly migration of millions of butterflies is down by 90% according to people who study these things. They, along with bee colonies, have been decimated. Bees are essential pollinators so bee colony collapse has received more publicity, but both are "canaries in the mine," as the saying goes, indicators of biological disaster far beyond their own possible extinction.

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Reviewed September 4, 2017

February to April Monarch Butterfly spend the winter hanging in clusters to keep warm on the Eucalyptus Trees

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Reviewed March 28, 2017

Monarchs only eat milkweed so their numbers have been decimated by Monsanto. Down 90% in 20 years, nearing extinction. If you want to see them, come soon, between November and January. They used to cover the eucalyptus trees and still hang in "strings" on trees in the grove, but much more sparcely. (Honey bee hives are failing for the same reason.)

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Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

We weren't blessed by an abundance of monarchs on our visit, but the nearby cliffs and beach make this a wonder stop regardless. We saw dolphins playing in the surf and three huge condors soaring overhead. It's a fair bit of walking, but not overwhelming. Have fun!

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Reviewed April 21, 2016

I've lived across the street from the Ellwood bluffs for 2 years now and has so appreciated it's proximity. I enjoy running/walking/hiking along the many trails during the weekdays after work. Watching the sunsets off the cliffs are spectacular - you never get a bad sunset. I've seen dolphins, whales, and other marine life right off the beaches. There is so much space and never seems too busy. People are always happy and enjoying themselves. We witness many proposals and intimate weddings during our walks. The whole place feels so romantic and we're so lucky to have such a space within walking distance to our home. As the title of this goes - it never gets old! A must see for locals and newcomers alike.

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