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.

Monday, December 24, 2018

First 2018 Recovery Data

Holiday greeting to all friends of the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project.  The first reports have trickled in about monarchs tagged in Cape May during the 2018 fall migration and found elsewhere.  There are no reports from Mexico yet, that information always comes much later.  We are happy to report about five monarchs tagged here and found a significant distance away:

YCB 266, tagged 9/20/18 by Lu Daniels, found 10/13/18 in Savannah, GA
YCA 050, tagged 9/28/18 by Karen McClennen, found 101518 in Chapel Hill, NC
YCC 154, tagged 10/3/18 by Patsy Eickelberg, found 10/12/18 in Tabscott, VA
YBY 375, tagged 10/5/18 by Sarah Crosby, found 10/9/18 in New Market, MD
YCB 572, tagged 10/23/18 by Betty Ross, found 11/17/18 in Spring Hill, FL

We hope to receive data about many more of the monarchs tagged by our project this year.

Reports are coming in from Mexico that suggest a major increase in the number of monarchs being seen in the winter colonies.  While NJ Audubon does not have a Mexico trip planned for 2019, we are planning a trip for late February 2020, when we hope the numbers will also be big.

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