September 2nd 2014
This week, the annual Monarch Monitoring Project of Cape May, New Jersey has started. An Appeal has also been made to federal government to save these black and orange butterflies.
“In 20 years, in Mexico’s wintering sites, the population of monarch has declined about 90 percent,” said Jepsen.
The Monarch Monitoring Project (MMP), established in 1990, is a research and education program focusing on the fall migration of monarch butterflies along the Atlantic coast.
For over two decades the MMP has gathered data on monarchs moving through Cape May during September and October. MMP staff and volunteers also conduct informational programs on monarch biology and tagging.
As these butterflies will pass over the Cape May Point, volunteers, for the next two months, will count the migrating butterflies which make their way from Canada to Mexico.
This year’s counting of monarch butterflies is important, as protection groups have tried to put name of it on the list of endangered species of the ‘US Fish and Wildlife Service’. Xerces Society’s Sarina Jepsen and other groups are petitioning the federal government for protection of the species.
Xerces Society is one of the three groups who are part of the saving petition. The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For over forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
She added that the reason behind it is the lack of availability of monarch caterpillar’s only food i.e. milkweed, and the habitat loss. Till the end of October, the counting of monarch will continue in Cape May.
This year’s counting of monarch butterflies is important, as protection groups have tried to put name of it on the list of endangered species of the ‘US Fish and Wildlife Service’.
*Monarch butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year. It’s a little confusing but keep reading and you will understand. The four stages of the monarch butterfly life cycle are the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly. The four generations are actually four different butterflies going through these four stages during one year until it is time to start over again with stage one and generation one.
Annual Monarch Monitoring Project Of Cape May Has Started.