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.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Monumental Monarch

A very special moment took place this afternoon at the Schuhl's garden in Cape May Point.  One of the Monarch Monitoring field technicians caught and tagged her four-hundredth monarch butterfly of the season.  This event had special significance because Bill and Edie Schuhl live at 400 Coral Avenue, making it a double four-hundred celebration.  This four-hundredth monarch was a male in perfect condition.  He is now on his way to Mexico sporting his Monarch Watch tag (THW 400) securely on his left hind wing.  When this monarch was ready to fly, Bill and Edie released it as a couple. Bill placed his hand over Edie's, and THW 400 was set on the launching pad they had both created.  The monarch took flight, brushed its wings against Bill's cheek, and fluttered high into the sky.  We are all wishing this monarch safe travels as he makes his southbound journey to Mexico.

Bill and Edie holding THW 400.

THW 400 in front of the Schuhl's 400 Coral Avenue address.

His wings are in perfect condition, and he is ready to fly.
Overall, the monarch counts were low today.  Out team is hoping for a new push of monarchs this weekend.  We are closely watching the forecast for Sunday, which looks to have the most potential.  Whenever there is an update, we will let you know.

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