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, May 23, 2015

World Series of Birding Results

The largest source of funding for the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project (MMP) comes from the annual World Series of Birding, a fundraising event run by New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory.  Many of us who are involved with the MMP participate on a team we call the "Monarchists."  We have 24 hours to search for birds around Cape May, traveling only by foot or bicycle, competing for the "Carbon Footprint Award."

Birders from the Monarchists team at the South Cape May Meadows.

Our luck wasn't too good this year, and even though we won in 2013 and 2014, this year our total of 111 species fell short of the winning total by 15.  Still, we had a nice day in the field and we have raised a good amount of money to support our monarch butterfly research and education project.  You can read about our efforts on this web page:

There's still time to add your support.  Learn how at the website above, or just visit the Monarchists page on the event website,, where you can make a contribution online.

Thanks to all who have supported the Monarch Monitoring Project through contributions, whether in support of our World Series of Birding team, at the tagging demos in the fall, or through other contributions sent throughout the year.

Our field season starts up on September 1 each year, watch for frequent updates to this blog once our work begins again.