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Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May Point State Park
The Monarch Butterfly is one of the most recognized insects in North America. Unfortunately, this species is in trouble. According to Monarch Watch, a major cause of population decline is development, which results in the loss of habitat and larval food plants.
The Monarch Monitoring Project in Cape May "is a research and education program focusing on the fall migration of monarch butterflies along the Atlantic coast."
Last year (October 6-12) I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.
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