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 20, 2017

Monarchs coming and going

Cape May basked under warm sunshine today, with gentle winds blowing from the northwest.  Ideal conditions for monarchs to migrate.  While many were seen flying out from the Point and heading to Delaware, it seems that an equal number arrived.  Monarchs were once again plentiful and easy to find.  The warm weather seems to have kept them from forming any large communal roosts, which many visitors have been hoping to see, but at any time of day there are many monarchs to be seen -- and not just in Cape May Point, all around Cape May City as well.

We expect more monarchs to continue along on their southbound journeys tomorrow, but we are also still receiving reports of monarchs to our north.  Will tomorrow bring more into Cape May Point, or will it be more of a departure day?  It's hard to guess, but we are pretty sure that the monarch viewing will be good for at least one more day.

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