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.
The ENE winds and approaching rains didn't bring many new monarchs to Cape May, but the ones that were here spent the morning fueling up on nectar at the Point. Some monarchs were so busy nectaring on butterfly bushes that a net was not even needed to catch them for our Wednesday tagging demo. Their focus on their food source was so intense, many were simply hand picked from the plant.
Monarch nectaring on butterfly weed
Tomorrows forecast calls for rain, and if so, the monarch count will undoubtedly be low. We will have to wait and see what this weekend holds in store.