Monarch Monitoring

Plans for 2020 Monarch Migration Season

Sorry we haven’t published anything in a long time, it’s taken us a while to figure out how we will run our project this year in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic.  The decisions have now been made, so here is a summary of what to expect. Our research work…...

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Surprising increase in monarchs

We had just about given hope of seeing many more monarchs in Cape May Point this year, since we have seen very low numbers over the last week.  Gentle northwest winds on Tuesday brought a modest increase in monarch numbers, to our surprise, and it seemed like numbers were increasing…...

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Fall Festival Wrap-up

This past weekend, October 19th – 21st, the Cape May Bird Observatory hosted the annual New Jersey Audubon Fall Festival, a celebration of all things migration. Our team had the pleasure of setting up a display at the Cape May Convention Hall, where we were fortunate to meet hundreds of…...

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Monarch Numbers Increased on Sunday

We were growing impatient in Cape May, as we heard reports of good numbers on monarchs in Ocean City and Stone Harbor over the last few days, two spots north of us in Cape May County. Numbers had remained fairly modest here in Cape May Point. On Sunday they finally…...

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Looking good for Saturday

A big cold front passed through Cape May Thursday night into Friday morning, bringing strong northwest winds onto the Cape. Northwest winds trigger all sorts of migration, and more than 5,000 American Kestrels (shown here) were counted from the Cape May hawkwatch on Friday. Northwest winds are the best for…...

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