A Front Row Seat to an Unbelievable Migration!

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A Front Row Seat to an Unbelievable Migration!

It's not birds doing the migrating, or even snowbirds (New Jerseyans who head south for the winter), it's an insect...It's the Monarch Butterfly, and they're on the move!  

Google Map-Cape May Point State ParkThey're gathering by the thousands and building up roost sites now at Cape May Point.  The Monarchs are just waiting for favorable winds to carry them across the Delaware River for their long migration south, and winter in the warmer climes of Mexico.

Scientists too have gathered at the Cape May Point State Park to tag Monarchs to study their migration.  Biologists know where they go, but they're still studying the migration route.

It seems they gather in New Jersey, wait for just the right wind to cross the Delaware River, then the Monarchs travel down the coast and cross over through Florida and Georgia and then on to Mexico.

If you'd like to check out this spectacular event, and watch a free tagging demonstration be at the Cape May Point State Park at 2pm Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

If you'd like to see pictures of the Monarch Butterfly roosting and the butterfly tagging, check out these photos from the Press of Atlantic City.

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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Bet it would be fun....never thought of it as being a big event....

October 06, 2011 08:54 PM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Laura - I can only imagine how wonderful witnessing a Monarch migration would be.  I hope you have an opportunity to witness it yourself, and to take plenty of amazing pictures for us.

October 07, 2011 10:07 PM
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Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate
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I wouldn't mind migrating myself.. I am NOT ready for cold weather at all

October 08, 2011 06:35 PM
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Nick T Pappas
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Laura, don't ask me why, but that's something I never associated with Jersey.  I've seen a lot of them in Illinois...I guess Mexico gets lots of tourists in the winter.

October 10, 2011 07:35 PM
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Rene Brin
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This is something I would love to see Laura, Monarchs are so beautiful.

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