Sunday, October 03, 2010

Cape May Monarch Butterflies

Howdee all,

A few weeks ago there was chatter on facebook about Monarch Butterflies going thru Cape May area.

Jeffrey Gordon said on facebook he was going out to look at them. Others in the area mentioned thousands going thru.

I have never been to Cape May to see this Phenomena, but I sure would love to see it happen.

This video below was shared by David LaPuma,if you don't know who David is check out his website Woodcreeper. David tracks bird migration via Doppler radar.

Now that's allot of butterflies.


“Louise Zemaitis, Field Coordinator for the Cape May Bird Observatory, tells us about the fall Monarch Butterfly migration. Cape May County is a prime location to watch this phenomenon, Stone Harbor Point being an active spot.”



And this next video is from the New York Times

When Jeff and I were in wintering near Pismo beach we were able to see thousands of Monarchs that winter in clusters on the Eucalyptus trees.

It was an amazing sight.

Check out the this link.image I have read a few bloggers posts who have raised Monarchs.

One that comes first to mind is..

  Ruthies (Nature Knitter) 

You must read her blog posts about her experience raising and tagging Monarchs.

An Excellent Read.

And if you haven't had enough check out the butterfly articles below.


  1. ...this was really interesting! I've been reading a lot about Monarch migration in books I have, but these videos are fab. I'll have to go check out the links you've posted too.

  2. Thanks Dawn for posting this really interesting information about the Monarch.
    What an amazing story.

  3. Dawn, thanks for sharing these videos! It's a thrill to watch and read about monarch migration. Their story is awe inspiring. Last year I saw only one monarch in our area all summer, probably due to the cold wet weather; but this year they are everywhere. Their sight makes me glad.

  4. Really interesting and informative post, I had not heard of the Monarch migration. We do not enjoy such a spectacle here in England (as far as I know).

  5. Great post on the Monarch butterflies. I would love to see the migrating butterflies in Cape May.

  6. Thanks for the update & photos of the Monarchs. We count them at the hawk watch when there are no hawks, and the count this year has been the lowest ever. But my wife was just with her brother from Cape May and learned that the numbers were impressive. I guess so!

  7. I have been to the Monarch Sanctuary in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. It is mind boggling to see all the butterflies clinging to the trees.

  8. I saw my first Monarchs at Cape May some years ago but not in those numbers. Thanks for sharing the informative links. FAB.

  9. I just spent the weekend in Cape May, and although I missed the peak Monarch flight on Sept. 18, the numbers this weekend were simply astounding. They were everywhere! What an amazing sight! Combine that with an awesome hawk flight, warblers everywhere, Flickers and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Common Buckeye Butterflies, and large numbers of migrating dragonflies, it was a constant feast for the eyes. I had such a hard time tearing myself away to return home.

  10. We recently had a Monarch turn up here near us in Wales, U.K. Can't imagine seeing this many! Great post, and thanks for commenting on my blog.


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