I have been traveling a lot and so am tardy in sharing some very good news. I’ve heard from wildlife gardeners near and far that their milkweed patches have been discovered by egg-laying Monarchs. Caterpillars are still being found, lots of caterpillars! Chrysalises too, like the one above that I enjoyed today in Virginia Rettig’s lovely North Cape May wildlife garden!
Today I stopped at the West Cape May Elementary School to see their “Schoolyard Habitat” and was thrilled to find their thriving Common Milkweed patch with at least 5 Monarch chrysalises on the brick school and in under steps of wooden ladders placed near the garden (for just that purpose — a safe spot off the beaten path). Hopefully more and more schools will create and utilize outdoor wildlife gardens like this to connect students with the natural world.
I also stopped by the Cape May Bird Observatory’s Northwood Center (701 E. Lake Drive, Cape May Point, NJ) and was dazzled by their Monarch Migration display and by their terrariums full of hungry caterpillars and chrysalises!
Don’t miss the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project’s fun opportunities to learn about Monarchs this fall:
MONARCH TANK TALK
Fridays: Sept. 23, 30, and Oct. 7
10:00 to 10:15 a.m.
At the CMBO Northwood Center (701 E. Lake Drive, Cape May Point, NJ) . Free.
MONARCH TAGGING DEMOS
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Wednesday
Sept. 14 through October 16 (weather permitting)
2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Meets at Cape May Point State Park at the East Shelter, the picnic pavilion next to the Hawkwatch Platform. No preregistration required. Family-friendly. FREE.
Full details about these and other programs can be found in CMBO’s Kestrel Express.
To keep your finger on the pulse of the Monarch migration through Cape May this fall, go to the Monarch Monitoring Project BLOG.
As many of you know I have written many posts about Monarchs and Milkweeds for “Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens.” I’d love to share the links with you here so that you can do more reading, but sadly that lovely website is no longer.