We also had a lively tagging demo this afternoon, with a good number of attentive children in the audience. The lively conversations and questions generated by the demo kept me there for two full hours. We'll be talking about monarchs and showing how they are tagged again this Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.
Our project made the television news again, this time on Philadelphia's CBS station, channel 3. You can view the piece here: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/09/26/local-experts-say-monarch-butterflies-suffered-severe-decline-in-population-due-to-destroyed-natural-habitats/
Tomorrow's weather forecast is for another beautiful day, with lots of sun and gentle breezes from the northeast. Monarchs will be on the move. Some will surely leave Cape May Point and head to Delaware, and some may pass right over our little seaside town, riding those ideal winds of migration, but there's a good chance we'll see many more monarchs arriving into the gardens and natural habitats of Cape May. Soon the seaside goldenrod will begin to bloom on the dunes, offering another great nectar plant to the migrating monarchs. It will be a good weekend to visit Cape May, with the possibility of a great monarch show. Birding should very good, and a big influx of dragonflies is also possible. The critters fool us sometimes, so we don't promise anything, but we all have high hopes. We'll let you know if reality matches our lofty expectations. And if you find any spectacular monarch concentrations at a spot in Cape May Point that we might not have found, please track us down and let us know! We'll be the ones with the butterfly nets.
|Dick Walton explains monarch biology to eager listeners|
at today's tagging demo.
|Lindsey Brendel tagged monarchs for more than half an hour at today's demo,|
as fascinated visitors wanted to watch the process over and over.
|Here Lindsey releases a monarch that she has just tagged; can you see it flying away|
up near the top of the frame?