Fall in central California brings Monarch butterflies down from the mountains and northern regions of the state. Unlike their counterparts farther east, these butterflies will not continue down to Mexico but will spend the winter right here along the coast. They’re a spectacular sight and one of California’s great natural treasures.

Doug McConnell and I reported on them last year for NBC Bay Area.

See them for yourself at: East Bay Regional Park District (Ardenwood Park), National Park Service (Golden Gate National Recreation Area), California State Parks (Natural Bridges), and Pacific Grove.

Though their numbers were strong last year, they still face many challenges. You can help them by planting milkweed and other native plants… and by supporting groups like the Xerces Society.