We, the 75-plus volunteers and State Park docents of the Pismo State Beach monarch butterfly overwintering site, wish to thank all of those who made our Western Monarch Day on Feb. 14 a big success.
A record 3,000 visitors strolled through the grove in one day. Forty to 50 volunteers manned eight educational booths, a parade with costumed children and souvenirs at the Monarch Mercantile. Visitors were treated to cake and apple juice, compliments of the Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau, with Suzen Brasile cutting the cake.
Thank you also to Katcho Achadjian, our state assemblyman; State Parks supervisor ranger Brent Marshall; interpretive ranger Mallory Clauson; and KSBY and The Tribune for attending and reporting.
We felt a strong connection with our visitors’ interest in learning how to protect the butterflies at this spot, the largest overwintering site in the U.S.