Monarchs were flooding in past us and over us as we drove in to the park around noon. The trail to the point (roosting site from 2018) was virtually impassable because of the high water that has swamped the narrow peninsula. We braved it barefooted through the deep muck and flooded paths and mostly had to use the beach along the lake to get back. Such an adventure. We didn't see the sheer numbers we saw in 2018,but it was still very busy with butterfly activity over the two+ hours we were there. By the time we left we weren't seeing any flying at all, which the park rangers also noted.
This was about noon to 3pm, temp was about 67 with gentle winds from the east I think, mostly sunny. Day before was very windy, and bad storms the day before that. Lots of milkweed in the area, and I saw them on goldenrod and yellow daisy. This area is VERY hard to get to and super messy so not sure if others will be as determined as we were.
East Tawas, MI
Latitude: 44.3 Longitude: -83.4
Observed by: Valerie
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