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, September 30, 2014

Goodbye visitors!

The winds switched to an easterly direction today. The Monarchs that had stuck around to fatten up on nectar yesterday were able to glide out across the Delaware Bay, and they left shortly after the 9am census. We have done tons of tagging the past two days, so I can wave the butterflies off happily on the rest of their journey. It was this time last year when Samm Wehman's recaptured Monarch was first tagged, and I wonder if any of the ones I tag today will also be found on in Mexico or somewhere along the migratory route.

Even the skippers and buckeyes seem to be gone. But I did notice more orange sulfurs than we had previously. Looking forward to the next influx, there's sure to be another! Just waiting for those northwesterly winds to return.

Monarchs feed on any nectar-producing flower they can find
during the southbound migration.

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