There's an article from the Press of AC here pressofatlanticcity.com/pac/a-promising-star… about Cape May monarch counts this year are looking up [if y'all are willing to use up 1 of 10 allowed free visits per month]. excerpts: 'The data aren’t in yet, but early anecdotal reports predict a strong showing.. ..they will put on as much weight as possible by sipping nectar from wild sources and garden flowers before making the 17-mile trip across Delaware Bay.. ..in Atlantic and Cape May counties lots of people have seen a lot of monarchs in the last generation before migration.. ' Here is another article nj1015.com/theres-something-special-flying-a… w/o visit restrictions. And that↑ article offers this link→ conservewildlifenj.org/blog/… which has a chart that shows the biggest year this century was 03~04. And I've witnessed a lot more monarchs this year than the last 3yrs. Perhaps from traveling more on maybe not. I too expect a good amount of monarchs this year just based on my observations.
I've seen a lot of monarchs in AC this year and I feel that this guy [+ team] just might have played some part in it. thisisac.com/john-collette-keeping-green/ Last July, this man approached me in Gardners Basin because I was inspecting the undersides of milkweed leaves in one of the gardens he tends to and came up to me to find out what I was doing to his plants. I explained what I was doing and he didn't know about the monarch&milkweed symbiotic relationship and had just let that part grow wild and the milkweeds were just part of what had grown. So of course, this July I'm back inspecting the undersides of milkweeds and then find him and he tells me he purposely put in milkweeds just for the monarch this year. And yes, I did find monarch eggs that visit too. Me & other ppl I was with each time also learned a lot from him as he loves to show off his gardens and I WISH I could recall the type of Black~Eyed Susans that he uses as they bloom for months instead of just once... perhaps on a future visit. BTW, here is a photo of the award Gardners Basin won in 2015 https://www.tripadvisor.com/SavedPhotos-g796… they also won it in 2016 and I don't know if Gardners Basin won it again this year. Yet
And 1 good spot to spot monarchs is by the Cape May LightHouse where there is a butterfly garden. Just be careful of bees as they like the garden too