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, September 23, 2016

General updates

Monarchs continue to trickle through Cape May, and we continue to wait for a change in the weather. We are still waiting for the first big cold front of the autumn to arrive, still waiting for the first surge of migrating monarchs.  In the meantime, here's a bit of what's been happening.

1. Monarch naturalist Lindsey Brendel appeared on local radio station WCFA, 101.5, on Friday morning, talking with the show hosts about the monarch migration.  We love attention from journalists, whether from the press or broadcast media.

2. Twelve enthusiastic participants joined MMP Director Mark Garland for the first ever full day CMBO Monarch Butterfly workshop on Thursday.

3. On Saturday morning (9/24) we will participate in the initial planting of a new butterfly garden near Sunset Beach in the southwest corner of the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area.  Monarch enthusiasts are invited to come and help.  This garden is part of a grand landscaping plan relating to the development of the new Cape May Maritime Museum and Education Center, which will include the building of a replica 1876 lifesaving station at Sunset Beach.  We're look forward to seeing migratory monarch at his garden in the future, and to including the location on our educational and research activities.  Learn more about this exciting new project here:

4. Our regular education programs continue, with "drop-in" programs every morning at 11 am at Cape May Point's Triangle Park through Oct. 19; tagging demos at 2 pm every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Cape May Point State Park, and "Tank Talks" at the CMBO Northwood Center on the next two Fridays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7.

Monarch Monitoring Project Naturalist Diane Tassey captivates the audience and one of our tagging demos.

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