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.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Tagging Demos Begin Today!

I'm a little late with this post, but just wanted to let everyone know that Monarch tagging demos have begun. They will be held every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 pm, (through October 14th) at the East Pavillion next to the Hawk Watch platform in the Cape May State Park. Demoes begin with a brief talk about Monarch biology and conservation, followed by tagging of Monarchs. Information pamphlets and Monarch merchandise will also be available. Today's demo was a lot of fun, with people of all ages taking part.

Monarch numbers are down again, although you can certainly still find sizable bunches of Monarchs if you know where to look (i.e. gardens with good flowers for nectaring). There are rumors of a northernly wind this weekend, which would hopefully bring in a new batch of Monarchs to Cape May. Over all, people are reporting good numbers of Monarchs in the northeast but poor numbers in the midwest. What this means for the Monarch population as a whole is yet to be seen.

While you are waiting for the next wave of Monarchs to come in, go check out the Monarch displays and tanks at both the Cape May Bird Observatory and the Nature Center of Cape May!

Tagged Monarch, with shadow of tag visible through the left hindwing

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