Ellwood Mesa Open Space

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The Ellwood Mesa Open Space is home to several species of wildlife, including the Monarch Butterfly which makes its winter home in the Eucalyptus groves that span the interior boundaries of the Mesa.  Beginning in October each year, Monarch Butterflies migrate from their summer homes and congregate in massive colonies that roost in the canopy of the area known as the Goleta Butterfly Grove.

A history of the Ellwood Mesa Open Space Acquisition by Goleta's first Mayor, Margaret Connell, can be found here.

For information on plans, projects, and restoration efforts on the Ellwood Mesa Open Space, please click here.