Cape May monarch numbers solid this year, but lower than 2017

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MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – This year was good, but not great, for monarch butterflies migrating through Cape May.

The average number of the insects counted per hour by census takers at Cape May’s Monarch Monitoring Project was 47.1, compared to 94.09 last year, said Lindsey Cathcart, one of two monarch field naturalists there. But it was well above 2016’s average of just 14.71, she said.

It’s not necessarily that there were fewer monarchs this year, said Mark Garland, director of the project …

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