The Monarch Monitoring Project is a long-term study on monarch migration through Cape May, NJ. It is a part of the New Jersey Audubon Research Department, and closely affiliated with the Cape May Bird Observatory.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Moderate numbers of monarchs were in Cape May last weekend, but warm temperatures kept them from forming communal roosts, and many just settled into the gardens around Cape May Point and along the beachfront in Cape May city. The seaside goldenrods that thrive on our dunes are in full bloom right now, and monarchs not only love the nectar, but on warm evenings they often form small clusters at the tips of the flowers.

Monday saw a modest influx of monarchs into Cape May Point during the midday hours, and while some left for Delaware today, good numbers still remain in the gardens and goldenrods. Rain is forecast for tomorrow, so I doubt many monarchs will be on the move, but those which are here in Cape May can be expected to be active and feeding during dry periods.

Below I'm posting a small gallery of photos of monarchs taken over the past 2 days.

Mark Garland
MMP Communications Director

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