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.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Autumn Weekend

We have big news! A Monarch tagged here on October 7th by Mark Garland was re-captured yesterday in St. Marks, Florida! These updates remind us that the work we do here is contributing to the overall picture of Monarch migration routes, speed, and overall changes occuring to the butterfly throughout this journey. Maybe this won't be the only re-capture this year. We know many of you who came to our demos have sponsored Monarchs, and we are eagerly waiting to see if your Monarchs will be recaptured. For any interested potential donors, it's not too late to sponsor your own Monarch! Pick up one of our brochures at the CMBO for details.

This has been a busy weekend for the Cape May Bird Observatory & the MMP with all of the exciting events going on. Today the MMP hosted 2 different demos. One was an exciting talk given by Mark Garland including images and video taken from the over-wintering grounds in Mexico he visited: Trees covered with Monarchs, the sky swarming with Monarchs in the morning as they come down to drink dew off the grass, visitors walking gingerly so as to not accidentally step on one of the Monarchs flying all around them. I think everyone in the room left his talk with the feeling that they needed to book a trip to see this magnificent wonder of nature for themselves.

The weather for this autumn weekend has been fantastic, there have been northwest winds and sunny days with cool breezes. Though we don't have huge numbers of Monarchs, I did note today a slight increase in species diversity coming through. Below are just a few visitors to Cape May Point Triangle Park:

Red Admiral

Orange Sulphur

Common Buckeye

There's one more day of autumn weekend, if you haven't been to any of the events yet, here's the schedule:

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