Natural Bridges State Beach is less than an hour away from where we live. Natural Bridges is home to a monarch butterfly preserve. From the Monarch Trail during the months of fall and winter, you can see tons of butterflies fluttering in the air and clustering on the tree branches. The weekend of Thanksgiving, we decided to take our family on a butterfly and tide pool adventure.
The trail was filled with signs teaching visitors about butterflies. X-man was particularly interested in examining each sign. From these, we learned that monarch butterflies born in the spring and summer live for 2-6 weeks, but those born in the fall live 6-8 months. We learned that their migration north follows the growing milkweed. We also learned how to tell a female monarch from a male monarch: the male has two black spots on its wings.