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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rain, rain, go away

The census drive is looking more orange, yellow, and red each day.
Fall is settling in to stay, and the Monarchs must be on their way.

Early this morning we had a small patch of Monarchs (15-20) at the end of Lighthouse Avenue over the dunes that made up the bulk of the census count. By noon, rain came in and the Monarchs were few and far between for the rest of the day. I believe there may still be some butterflies around, we just aren't seeing them due to the inclement weather we've been having recently. According to the weather reports, Friday may be our next good day since there's sunshine and west winds. That trend should continue throughout the weekend, convenient for those out-of-town visitors.

Winged sumac (Rhus copallinum) and its deep red, sour-tasting fruits. These fruits will offer
a big help to birds like cardinals and waxwings throughout the winter.

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