Cape May Monarch Migration Showing Abundant Numbers

Naturalists are excited and encouraged as Cape May Monarch Migration showing abundant numbers. Orange Monarchs are visible all day throughout Cape May. Sitting on the rooftop bar at Harry’s on Beach Ave is an excellent vantage point to watch individuals fly by.

As the afternoon gets cooler, Monarchs begin to gather in “roosts” at Cape May Point. Almost any dune crossover will yield abundant numbers of Monarchs.

If you go:

The largest roosts of Monarchs seem to occur about an hour before sunset. Photographing them is contingent on the amount of sunlight getting through the dune trees. Expert information can be had by CLICKING HERE.

Be careful not to block private driveways. Observe the magical experience from the dune paths.

Expect to see many others on the trail. Some folks will have traveled great distances to witness firsthand.

Lighting plays a key role in bringing out the colors of the Monarchs.

Monarchs migration seems to thrive on chilly Northwest winds. Experts tell me the numbers have not been this strong for ten years. No one seems to know how long it will last. It is a magical sight to witness.

You can also visit the pavilion at Cape May Point State Park and watch Monarch tagging and workshops.

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  1. David Greene
    October 1, 2021 / 11:25 am

    Thank you very much for this reporting and your knowledgeable firsthand comments, John. And beautiful photos.

  2. Stevan Overby
    October 1, 2021 / 1:58 pm

    As you are aware, John, I spent +/- 40 years living in the Caribbean… mostly in Puerto Rico, where there is a “forest” in the Mid-Southern mountainous region of the island where an estimated 1 billion (yes… BILLION) Monarch butterflies accumulate during the migratory period. At times, there are “clouds” of butterflies and the sight is quite extraordinary.

  3. October 2, 2021 / 12:00 am

    Looks absolutely magical. Thank you for showcasing.