The monarch butterfly was first described to science 201 years ago, in October 1816. A specimen was collected on the Presidio by a famous scientific expedition, the Rurik, that also described the California poppy. Each fall we welcome monarch butterflies back to the California coast and are very excited that they return again to an overwintering site on the Presidio.
Join us for the Second Annual Monarch Butterfly walk to learn about the monarch butterfly, its amazing migration, and why the Presidio is part of a network of sites on the California coast where monarchs can be seen in the winter. The walk is perfectly timed to showcase the monarch's Day of the Dead orange and black coloration, deeply embedded in Meso-American symbology! The program will conclude with viewing a short video of the monarch butterfly.
The walk is led by Mia Monroe of the National Park Service and Rebekah Berkov of the Presidio Trust.
Meet at Rob Hill Campground, the location where the first scientifically recorded monarch butterfly was seen in 1816. There will be light walking, so dress for hiking and variable weather. Bring your binoculars. The walk is led by Mia Monroe of the National Park Service and Rebekah Berkov of the Presidio Trust.