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Today's Challenge Questions
Using the data collected by the Monarch Migration Project over the past 5 years, what predictions do you make about the migration this year? Here are some questions for you to consider:
  • Compare Week 1 of this year with data from all the previous years. Do you think this year's migration promises to be a record-breaker?
  • Now compare Week 2 of this year with the other weeks' data. In how many instances have as many monarchs been seen in past years?
  • To date, in which year was the monarch migration through Cape May the strongest?
  • In which year were the fewest monarchs seen?
  • Does the migration appear to peak during any particular week each year?
Monarchs Sighted per Hour
Monarch Migration Project
Cape May Point Road Census, 1992-1997
End of Week . . . 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
1 7.52 11.95 95.96 43.30 9.08 184.49
2 10.94 12.25 155.29 35.11 6.66 125.12
3 12.13 41.65 143.49 28.86 52.29 ?
4 12.95 67.83 123.57 27.22 58.99 ?
5 11.89 82.03 128.63 26.95 73.17 -
6 12.26 80.60 108.87 26.87 69.10 -
7 12.66 71.77 95.34 28.78 66.42 -
8 11.17 65.49 91.44 27.41 63.04 -
Final 10.41 62.88 84.95 25.89 58.91 -

Courtesty of Monarch Migration Project
All data Richard K. Walton and Lincoln P. Brower.

How to Respond to Journey North Monarch Challenge Question # 2

  1. Address an e-mail message to: jn-challenge-monarch@learner.org
  2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question # 2
  3. In the body of the message, answer today's questions. Tell us what you predict will happen on Cape May this year and why.

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Please include the name of your school and your location so we can credit you properly for your answers.