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.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday evening update

We did not see a significant arrival of monarchs into Cape May this afternoon, so after the departure of many monarchs this morning we're left with many fewer at Cape May Point.  We're happy that these butterflies are on their way, since it's a long way to Mexico!

We saw a report from a friend in New York who tagged many monarchs today, so there's reason to believe that many more are on their way.  We don't know when they'll arrive, but we do believe we'll have a few more big monarch days here at New Jersey's southern tip.  We'll be sure to let you know whenever the numbers are increasing.

We'll keep watching through October.  The field season for the CMBO Monarch Monitoring Project runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, with time for data entry and analysis after that.  Our Field Naturalists, show below, will keep counting, tagging, and educating right up to the end of the month.

Katie Burns (left) and Lindsey Brendel tagging monarchs.

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