Wednesday was an exceptionally hot day, and our team found a fair number of monarchs around Cape May Point, especially areas closest to the beach. For the last two weeks a preferred nectar source has the native wild sunflowers of Cape May Point State Park. These flowers are now fading, but the seaside goldenrod has started to bloom along the upper beach and dunes of Cape May Point. These beautiful flowers are also common along the Promenade in Cape May City, and many can also be seen in gardens around Cape May. Seaside goldenrod is a favorite nectar source for monarchs all along the Atlantic coastal migratory route.
|Monarch on native wild sunflower at the State Park|
|Monarch on seaside goldenrod in Cape May Point|
Don't forget to come see our team at our tagging demos, held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 pm. No reservations are needed, just head to the East Picnic Shelter at Cape May Point State Park. It's the perfect time and place to get an update on how the migration is proceeding, and for tips on the best viewing locations.