Mark Garland founded the Cape Charles, Virginia, Monarch butterfly research project in 1995. He is a prolific author with numerous works. Mark currently runs his own company, Garland Cunningham LLC which runs nature related tours, educational efforts and speaking engagements.
Mark teaches the Road Scholar “Cape May Birding” programs, is an instructor for two migration sessions at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine, and leads about a half dozen nature/birding tours every year. Mark is the current Director of the NJ Audubon Cape May Bird Observatory Monarch Monitoring Project, which studies monarch butterfly migration through Cape May Point, NJ.
- In 2015 you became the Director of the Monarch Monitoring Project in Cape May, New Jersey. Tell us what this is about and how you got here.
- Tell us about the Monarch Butterfly, why is it so special?
- We understand that most birds avoid monarchs, but some insects eat them. What’s going on?
- Monarch behavior- Just how do Monarchs migrate south and then north again? What guides them or how do they navigate?
- What is the goal of the The Monarch Monitoring Project MMP
- How long has The Monarch Monitoring Project been going on
- How do you conduct field research?
- How do the small tags on the wings work? Tell us about tagging. Describe some significant returns.
- What are the principles of butterfly gardening and how does this help Monarchs?
- We’ve heard about Monarch declines. What the story?
- What can the average person do to help Monarchs?
- What’s the overall state of Monarchs today, what are the threats, and what needs improvements?
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