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 9, 2014

Monarchs on the Move

Even with favorable winds, today, more monarchs left Cape May than arrived.  Monarchs were still spotted in gardens, but the census run counts were down from the previous day.  On Wednesday, October 8th, there were small roost sites spotted along Harvard Avenue.  These small roosts started forming in the evening, and our team was out scoping the point until the sun went down. Members of the Monarch Monitoring Project observed these roosts breaking up early this morning.  It looks as if many of the butterflies left to continue their southbound journey, instead of sticking around the point.

Monarchs preparing to roost across from St. Peters church Oct. 8th 

Still, there were monarchs on the point, and many were still spotted on the seaside goldenrod and aster.  Tomorrows forecast calls for afternoon rain.  We will have to wait and see how the weather plays out.  

Monarchs nectaring on aster.

It is such a striking image to see the orange and black wings of a monarch butterfly against the deep yellow of seaside goldenrod.

Seaside goldenrod in bloom.

Rain or shine, it is thumbs up for monarchs in Cape May.  Our demo season is winding down, but, as always, we welcome anyone to wants to learn about monarchs to come and visit our team at 2:00pm tomorrow at the State Park for a tagging demo and monarch talk.

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