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, October 8, 2016


We saw a few more monarchs around Cape May during the first week of October, but the easterly winds that have dominated this autumn have continued, and the total monarch numbers remain low.  We're hoping that the east winds have pushed many migrating monarchs to the west side of Delaware Bay.  We hear encouraging reports about the numbers of monarchs being seen in Pennsylvania and further south, including reports from the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Monarchs will continue to migrate throughout the month of October, so we still have chances to experience a few big butterfly days.

Naturalists Lindsey Brendel and Diane
Tassey at one of our tagging demos.
Field Coordinator Louise Zemaitis meets with enthusiastic
students at a recent tagging demo.

While our counts are low, attendance at our various programs remains high.  Our tagging demos continue on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 16.  Meet our team at 2:00 pm for one of these talks, which are held at Cape May Point State Park's East Picnic Shelter.  Our informal drop-in programs at the Triangle Park continue through October 19, daily at 11:00 am.

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