New Jersey to New York
True Stories About Tagged Monarchs

Tagging Recovery DatabaseOn October 15, 2001, a monarch was tagged in Cape May, New Jersey.

Five days later, it was recovered 143 miles away in Amity Harbor, New York.

Questions to Consider

  • Why is this tag recovery surprising for fall migration?
  • What can you conclude— or not conclude—about the distance flown, direction traveled, time in flight, rate of travel, etc. from this tag recovery?
  • What factors may have affected the direction of travel?

Weather and Migration
How do you think the wind might have affected the monarch? Here are the 2001 wind records for Cape May, New Jersey:

October 15: WNW October 18: NW
October 16: SE October 19: S
October 17: W October 20: W