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 2, 2012

Pause in the migration

It's raining in Cape May right now, with rain and southeast winds likely to stop all migratory movement.  Numbers of monarchs in Cape May are lower than they have been for about two weeks, yet there is still no shortage.

This morning, before the rain began, the breezes were keeping most monarchs off the dunes and the local gardens were the best places to visit.  Below we show monarchs nectaring at lantana and butterfly bush at a private garden in Cape May Point.  If you're looking for monarchs today, wait for a break in the rain and try the public garden at Triangle Park, located at the corner of Lighthouse and Coral.

If the forecast holds, Wednesday is likely to be another slow day for monarchs in Cape May, but the next cold front is due to arrive on Thursday.  We hear reports of many monarchs still to our north, so the end of this week might bring another surge into Cape May Point.  Whether there are any monarchs or few, Team Monarch will be working and we'll try our best to keep our readers updated regularly.


  1. Thank you for all the updates and awesome photos. Had the chance to see the parade of monarchs last week while visiting in Cape May Point. Loved the monarch tagging demo. It was hard to leave the Point knowing there's still so much to see! Thank you and the rest of the monarch team for volunteering your time to share your expertise about these marvels of flight!

  2. Thanks for your kind words! We love what we do.