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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Eve of a New Season

August 31, 2014.  The Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project season is officially September 1 to October 31.  Tomorrow morning we begin our 24th year of data collection and public programming as we study the southbound migration of monarch butterflies through Cape May Point, New Jersey.  We can't wait to begin!

We're pleased to have 2 young biologists working with us this year as our seasonal technicians.  Tomorrow we'll introduce you to the new staff and provide an overview of the project.  Stay tuned throughout the next two months as we count monarchs, tag monarchs, and teach Cape May Point visitors about monarch biology and migration.

The monarch butterflies we see in Cape May are heading to the mountains of central Mexico, where they'll cluster with thousands of others, as shown above.  Not all will survive this 2,000 mile journey, but our tagging studies show that some of them will get there.  Come join us at Cape May Point this autumn and marvel and the wondrous migration of the monarch butterfly.