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I was on an Amtrack into NYC yesterday afternoon and saw some of this. There were thousands from Tarrytown to the city. There was a type of white Eupatorium, Solidagos and a few escaped Buddelias being used for nectar. The plants were covered and many in the air. I didn't see that anyone else on the train noticed and wondered how many people on the streets looked up long enough to see this marvel. I remembered a friend out birding a few years ago during a White Admiral population explosion who ran into a couple of people that hadn't noticed the multitudes until she made mention of them. This was a time when you couldn't drive down a dirt road without causing dozens of casualties and these are not small camouflaged leps.
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  From: Andrew Birch<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
  To: MassLep<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
  Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2006 12:04 PM
  Subject: [MassLep] Journey North notices MassLep -



  Hello All,

  I just wanted to share a couple of messages from Elizabeth Howard of
  Journey North a monarch tracking org.  She really appreciates all of
  the great reports from MassLep subscribers!

  Andrew Birch
  MassLep Moderator

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  From: Elizabeth Howard Journey North <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
  Date: Sep 28, 2006 11:01 AM
  Subject: Re: Incredible! [MassLep] 13,000+ Monarchs Gooseberry 9/25]

  Hello Andrew,
  Monarch biologist Dr. Lincoln Brower just told me about your MassLep
  listserve. I just took a look. What a fantastic coverage of the
  monarch migration your're picking up!

  I'm the director of Journey North ("Journey South" in the fall). We
  have thousands of schools online tracking the monarch migration to
  Mexico. May we add your MassLep observations from to our migration
  map?
  http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/fall2006.html?layers=monarch_peak<http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/fall2006.html?layers=monarch_peak>

  One of our readers read about Brian Cassie's incredible observations
  and added it to the map. (I hope this is OK!)

  We're picking up reports now of a large wave of migrants that crossed
  NYC yesterday afternoon. Maybe coming down from Gooseberry?! What
  incredible technology.

  Best to you,
  Elizabeth Howard
  Journey North
  Engaging Students in a Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change
  http://www.learner.org/jnorth/<http://www.learner.org/jnorth/>

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  From: Elizabeth Howard Journey North <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
  Date: Sep 28, 2006 11:01 AM
  Subject: Re: Incredible! [MassLep] 13,000+ Monarchs Gooseberry 9/25]

  These keep coming in from yesterday and now early today. The map is
  now showing monarchs along the Atlantic Coast in large numbers from
  Maine to northern VA:

  9/28/06 New York, New York
  While riding the Metro-North Hudson Line (on the east side of the
  Hudson River) to work in NYC: "They were all doggedly flying south at
  different locations along the train line. None appeared beyond the
  point where the tracks turn inland towards the city. I think they must
  be following the course of the river. Incredibly exciting!"

  9/27/06 New York, New York
  "I observed approximately 100 monarchs traveling south. It was
  incredible. I was so excited since I had just read to second graders
  about monarch migration. I walked out of school at 3:00pm and there
  they were! I was pointing them out to anyone who would listen what was
  happening and where they were going."

  9/27/06 New York, New York
  "While sitting in an outdoor cafe in downtown NYC on 2nd Ave @ St
  Marks, I observed over 170 Monarchs from 2:50 pm until aprox 4:00 pm.
  The heavier traffic flow was in the first 1/2 hour (112 Monarchs).
  Amazingly, they seemed to stay all along the Avenue and many appeared
  as high as the 5 story buildings."

  9/27/06 New York, New York
  I had the pleasure of sighting at least 36 butterflies flying down
  Riverside Drive at 4:30pm. At first I thought they were fluttering
  leaves...until I looked closer with my binoculars...

  9/27/06 New York, New York
  In northern Manhattan, in front of the Children's Hospital of New
  York, I looked up and counted at least 30 monarchs.

  9/26/06 Ventnor, New Jersey
  There were quite a few butterflies migrating this afternoon. As I sat
  on the Ventnor Boardwalk, I counted butterflies coming along the beach
  and the rooftops of the beach homes. Butterflies were coming in small
  groups of 2-5. I tallied butterflies for one hour beginning at 4:50pm
  and totalled 272 butterflies!

  9/25/06 Misquamicut, Rhode Island
  It was wonderful. We decided to have lunch on the beach in
  Misquamicut, R.I. Hundreds, possibly thousands of beautiful monarch
  butterfies were following the coastline south.  An occasional monarch
  would land on the high tide seaweed line and rest for a few minutes.
  None of us could believe that these fragile insects could fly so far!

  9/25/06 Cape May, New Jersey
  The influx of monarch's into Cape May continued today. Counted over 50
  in one minute looking just straight ahead...couldn't begin to count
  numbers if I turned my head. They were everywhere.

  9/25/06 Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, Virginia
  Migrants were on the move for most of today during NW winds at 10mph.
  Monarchs averaged about 140 per hour between 9am - 3pm. Other
  migratory insects seen in huge numbers were common buckeyes, green
  darners, black saddlebags and wandering glider dragonflies. Tree
  swallows numbered in the thousands and there was a steady flight of
  peregrines, merlins, bald eagles and osprey. Quite a day!


  --Elizabeth Howard

  Journey North
  Engaging Students in a Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change
  http://www.learner.org/jnorth/<http://www.learner.org/jnorth/>

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