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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Rainy Days

With the on and off drizzle today, our monarch census numbers were low.  Monarchs were still seen on the point, but rather than flying, they were busy nectaring and fueling up for the next leg of their journey.  It is hard to predict what tomorrow will bring.  Current weather forecasts call for morning showers into the afternoon.  Different weather sources are predicting different wind directions.  If there isn't too much rain, perhaps we will get some new monarchs to Cape May.

Monarchs come in many sizes.  This male was smaller than average.

The team still had plenty of monarchs to tag for the demo.  The demo season is wrapping up, but if you haven't caught one yet, you still have two more chances.  We have a demo both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm at Cape May Point State Park.

Monarchs are still emerging daily at the Cape May Bird Observatory, and caterpillars are still on display.  It is amazing to see the interest that people, both young and old, have with this marvelous insect.  We love teaching others, and we feel so privileged to do our work in Cape May.    

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