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 28, 2012

Weekend update

While it's still very easy to find monarchs around Cape May, numbers have clearly declined over the last two days, as was expected with the mild south winds.  Current weather forecast is for rain through much of tonight with the cold front finally pushing through late at night.  Winds are forecast to blow from the northwest all day tomorrow, bringing with them the possibility for another major influx of migrating monarchs into Cape May.  We'll strive to update quickly if we see a major arrival event beginning.

We will have our usual tagging demos at the South Shelter of Cape May Point State Park at 2 pm both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  Today our audience for the demo exceeded 100 for the first time this year, including many young monarch enthusiasts.  Join us tomorrow to make it an even bigger crowd, the more the merrier!

MMP Director Dick Walton begins the tagging demo with a description
of our research project.
Some eager young biologists took notes on Dick's comments.

Two enthusiastic young monarch biologists provide a launching pad for
a newly tagged monarch.

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