Thanks to Scott Whittle for sharing the following photos, which shows me tagging a monarch and sharing information with some of the visitors at the Pledge to Fledge event. Scott's an amazing photographer, equally talented with photographing weddings or warblers. I recommend checking his website: http://www.whittlefinearts.com.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Pledge to Fledge
The Monarch Monitoring Project participated in the big "Pledge to Fledge" kickoff event that was held on Thursday, August 23, at Cape May Point State Park. We tagged about 10 monarchs, a bit earlier than we usually begin our tagging, yet monarchs are already heading south. There are monarchs of two generations around right now, older ones that are the parents of the migratory generations, and young ones that are already heading to Mexico. Dozens of park visitors observed the tagging and learned about monarch biology and migration. And several younger visitors served as launching pads for tagged monarchs, a scene that will be repeated many times in the next two months.