Thousands of monarch butterflies are tagged each year in Cape May. The tags are small bits of coded adhesive paper placed on the leading edge of a monarch’s wing. The tags don’t change the way the monarchs behave or fly. Dozens of monarchs tagged in Cape May have been found in Mexico. Additionally, tagged monarchs are sometimes caught again at areas to our south, providing valuable data about the speed and routes of the migration. One monarch tagged at Cape May was found the next day at Fisherman Island, in the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia – about 140 miles from Cape May!
Our work doesn’t end with research. Talks about monarch biology and demonstrations of the tagging technique are offered frequently during the monarch migration season. Check the Cape May Bird Observatory Kestrel Express for the schedule of Monarch Tagging Demonstrations.
Adopt a Monarch
You can adopt a monarch in your name, in the name of a friend or relative, in honor of a special occasion, or for a school class or club. All contributions will be used solely to support the Monarch Monitoring Project.
Monarch Monitoring Project Staff:
Mark Garland, MMP Director
Louise Zemaitis, MMP Coordinator
Dick Walton, MMP Founder
Lincoln Brower, Co-researcher and Scientific Advisor