If it seems like you are seeing more monarch butterflies around South Jersey this fall, well, you are.

Mark Garland, director of the Cape May Bird Observatory's Monarch Monitoring Project tells the Press of Atlantic City, this year's monarch counts are the highest since 2012, a year remembered for its unusually high number of the butterflies.

The warmer weather this fall seems to have slowed the annual monarch migration to Mexico, and even my own anecdotal observations support an increased number of the butterflies lingering in South Jersey this year.

One afternoon last week while I watching my girls run in a cross-country meet on the Ventnor Boardwalk, I saw dozens of the monarchs clustering around the dunes and doing what butterflies do. And what a beautiful sight to see. It's another one of the really cool things about living in coastal South Jersey.

By the way, volunteers are still needed to help with the "tagging' of monarchs at the official count site at Cape May Point. What a great experience that would be for the kids, and for you, too!

See more details from the Cape May Monarchs website.