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.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Summer is gone

A big cold front passed through Cape May over the weekend, and this morning's temperature was in the mid-40s.  Often a powerful front in early October brings big numbers of monarchs into Cape May Point, but this weather system came with clouds and rain, so the monarchs didn't fly.  Monday morning saw a bit of sun and a small movement of monarchs along the dune, but our overall numbers are still low.  More rain is expected this afternoon and tonight, but Tuesday's forecast calls for clearing skies and north winds.  By tomorrow afternoon we should know if another major movement of monarchs has begun.

You can still see monarchs easily around Cape May Point, though not by the thousands or even hundreds right now.  Plenty for our tagging demos, however, as shown in the photos below.  We have just one more week of scheduled demos -- this Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, please join our team at 2 pm in Cape May Point State Park.  We meet at the East Picnic Shelter, which is adjacent to the Hawk Watch Platform.

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