Monarch Butterfly Migration a Part of New Jersey’s Fall Colors
They soar over sand dunes with effortless grace and cling to the seaside goldenrods as the wind whistles across the beach. Every September and October, monarch butterflies stop in Cape May Point before continuing their 2,000-mile migration to Mexico.
“Monarchs do not have an adaptation that allows them to survive winter’s cold in any of their life stages and in one of the more spectacular migratory movements of North America, tens of millions of monarch butterflies leave eastern half of United States, southern Canada on an epic trek all the way to the mountains west of Mexico City,” said Mark Garland, communications director of the Monarch Monitoring Project. “Monarchs literally do migrate over every place in the United States but geography conspires to have an abnormal number of monarchs come through Cape May.”
Lauren Wanko (@LaurenWankoNJTV) reports from Cape May Point on the annual monarch butterfly migration and the Monarch Monitoring Project, whose workshops are open to the public.
Cape May Point acts as a highway rest stop, so to speak, for the butterflies. They descend on the beach town to feed on its many flowers before making the 10-mile journey across the Delaware Bay.