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, October 21, 2014

Good Morning!

Wake up everybody! The driving census count this morning was the best yet. The Monarchs roosting along the dunes are warming up and are looking ready to get up and find some food. With this intermittent rain and West-southwest wind they haven't left to cross the Delaware Bay yet. This may be our last shot at such great numbers so take some time to cruise around the Point today.

Photo by Mark Garland, taken late yesterday afternoon.

The great numbers died down by this afternoon census. By this time, the winds had shifted to Northwest and had become rather weak. Perhaps it was good enough weather for crossing over to Delaware. The next couple of days are predicted to be rainy, so we shouldn't expect to see much until the rain passes over us. Luckily, the weather will be good for the Autumn Birding Festival! Monarchs are part of the events on Saturday, so make sure you plan your weekend around it! Here's the schedule:

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