California Good Migrations: Elephant Seals, Whales & Birds

Witness some of nature’s most inspiring scenes as you learn about migrating monarch butterflies, elephant seals in San Simeon and birds and whales along California’s Central Coast.
Rating (5)
Program No. 15752RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Three to four weeks each year, migrating elephant seals, birds, whales and butterflies converge on California’s scenic Central Coast during their annual pilgrimage. Breathtaking field trips and engaging lectures introduce you to these hardy voyagers, preparing you to observe gray whales, visit bird-viewing sites and study the Morro Bay Estuary at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Become entranced by the gargles, grunts, squeals and trumpeting of the Elephant Seals as you observe them with our mammals expert.
  • View hundreds of monarchs at the “Butterfly Trees” of Pismo Beach.
  • Board a ship to search for gray whales at sea and explore a vineyard for a taste of the coast’s fine wines.

General Notes

Whale watch and wildlife sightings subject to weather.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Monarch Butterfly: Biology and Conservation
by Michelle J. Solensky, Karen S.Oberhauser
Sightings : The Gray Whales' Mysterious Journey
by Brenda Peterson, Linda Hogan
National Audubon Society Field Guide to California
by Peter Alden, National Audubon Society Staff, National Audubon Society
Birds of California Field Guide (Our Nature Field Guides)
by Stan Tekiela
The Last Monarch Butterfly: Conserving the Monarch Butterfly in a Brave New World
by Phil Schappert
Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja
by Tamara Eder, Ian Sheldon
Introduction to California Birdlife
by Jules G. Evens, Ian Tait
National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World (National Audubon Society Field Guide Series)
by Brent S. Stewart, Phillip J. Clapham, James A. Powell, Randall R. Reeves
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: California
by Mel Baughman
A Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides)
by Paul A. Opler, Amy Bartlett Wright, Roger Tory Peterson
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies (National Audubon Society Field Guide Series)
by National Audubon Society
Elephant Seals
by Carole & Phil Adams
Field Guide to the Gray Whale
by Oceanic Society

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