Some predict Monarch numbers to be low for annual migration

English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly.

English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s considered one of the greatest wildlife phenomena in our country – the migration of the Monarch butterfly, in which the tiny creatures travel more than 2,000 miles from our region down to Mexico for the winter. But, some are predicting this could be a terrible year for the butterflies. Local researchers tell us what they’re seeing so far.

“Gender, overall condition,” Mark Garland is keeping a close eye on the bright colored beauty. “It’s already tagged, but I’ll make note of it.” As part of the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project, they’re out counting butterflies every day in Cape May Point around this time every year. “It’s a little too early to tell, but there’s a lot of concern that the Monarch numbers are going to be very low this year,” said Garland, who’s been studying the butterflies for years.

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