Wildlife Viewing

Pismo Beach has been blessed with an abundance of wildlife. Almost everyone knows about the famous Pismo Clams. Although they have pretty much disappeared from the scene, clamming is still popular. Lately the wildlife focus has been turned toward our butterfly grove. It turns out that one of the most spectacular Monarch Butterfly Grove in the country is on our southern boundary. Of course we have a bounty of water bound friends - Whales, Otters, Elephant Seals, etc. just offshore. Click on the links below to explore the Wildlife of Pismo Beach!

The "Butterfly Trees" of Pismo Beach are one of our most beloved attractions From late October through February, thousands of colorful Monarch butterflies cluster in the limbs of Eucalyptus and Monterey Pines in our grove.


VThe Pismo Clam is one of the largest types of clams found along the California Coast. The clams can grow up to seven inches, if not interfered with by hungry clammers and sea otters.


Several city parks in both Pismo and Shell Beach are perfect for viewing numerous bird species, sea otters, seals, tidepool inhabitants and even migrating whales (in season)


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