Monarch Butterflies in Cape May and Beyond
The monarch butterfly is one of North America’s best known and most loved creatures. Their remarkable multi-generational intercontinental migration cycle is just one reason that we marvel at these vividly colored insects. This illustrated talk by Mark Garland covers the monarch life cycle, the migration of monarchs to and from the mountains west of Mexico City, conservation issues related to monarch populations, and suggestions for ways that we can all help monarchs. The work of the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project, a study now into its fourth decade, will be summarized.
Naturalist Mark Garland is the Director of the Monarch Monitoring Project in Cape May, New Jersey. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture. He worked for 6 years as a Ranger/Naturalist with the National Park Service, 17 years with the Audubon Naturalist Society (based in the Washington, DC area), and 4 years with New Jersey Audubon Society’s Cape May Bird Observatory. In 2019 he was presented with the Paul Bartsch Award from the Audubon Naturalist Society for Distinguished Contributions to Natural History.