: A Front Row Seat to an Unbelievable Migration!

A Front Row Seat to an Unbelievable Migration!

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.


Comment balloon 8 commentsLaura Giannotta • October 06 2011 09:20AM


They are so beautiful - and rare.  I think I saw one in my garden this summer.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 7 years ago

OK, that just sounds like it would be a very neat event to go see. I hope you get the opportunity to make it to this... and then share some photos with us Laura.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 7 years ago

We have a lot of Monarchs in my area, but I have never seen where they were bunched up in migration.  I caought a 6 of the catapillars this year and my grand daughter and I watched has they spun the scrysalis and then hatched.  A lot of fun.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

Bet it would be fun....never thought of it as being a big event....

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

I wouldn't mind migrating myself.. I am NOT ready for cold weather at all

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 7 years ago

This is something I would love to see Laura, Monarchs are so beautiful.

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 7 years ago