This count is an estimate. Likely more monarch butterflies were present. Lots of nectaring on yellow flowers in the dried marsh area.
[Additional information contributed by observer, added by Journey North, 09/10/21]:
I did not formally count the Monarchs, so my number is an estimate. I would say I was in the area for about an hour, so my estimate is for all the Monarchs I saw during that time. I was in that area mid-afternoon around 3-4 pm. The majority of the butterflies were seen flying and necataring from flower to flower in a large dried out marsh area (see area below for picture of the marsh- it is mostly dry now due to drought and full of yellow flowers). See parking lot with cars in lower right corner of picture for scale. The majority of my observation is from the blue marked spot on the right of the marsh. The remainder of the observations were along the path around the marsh where I saw monarchs flying about. This area is within a 3,000 acre conservation site. Mainly nectaring, presumably in preparation for migration. The ones I saw on the path to the SE of the marsh spot were flying, not necessarily directionally but they ended up moving south due to the wind. It was a cool late summer day- maybe about 75, with moderate gusts of wind. It was partly cloudy, but plenty of sun was coming through.
Latitude: 42.4 Longitude: -88.3
Observed by: Elizabeth
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