CMBO Program Registration

Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Welcome to our schedule of preregistered workshops and field trips for the Cape May Bird observatory. Please click on 'details' for a description of each program.  
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THINGS THAT GO SEEP IN THE NIGHT with Michael O'Brien (13 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $120 nonmembers, $90 members (member discount taken at checkout)

Experience the cutting edge of birding! Birds don't sing much in the fall-but they sure do call. Chip notes, flight notes, and critical listening are the primary subjects of this workshop, led by the man who wrote the book (well, maybe the CD-ROM) on flight calls. Two hours with Michael equals years of struggle on your own! Includes optional night-time listening for nocturnal migrants. Learn to dissect a single note, determining whether it rises or falls, is clear or burry. You will never listen the same way again. This workshop is spread over two half-days to allow us to be in the field at the best time of day; it includes an evening session to study nocturnal migrants, followed by an early morning listening session the next day-the perfect way to learn the subject!



Add to calendarFriday, October 04, 2019 2:00 PM - Saturday, October 05, 2019 6:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Nature Center of Cape May
$120.00

RAPTOR MIGRATION AT ITS BEST with Brett Ewald (12 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $200 nonmembers, $150 members (member discount taken at checkout)


With Program Director Brett Ewald.  Bird the "raptor capital of North America" at the peak of diversity, when falcons are zipping along the dunes, accipiters are flap, flap, flapping by, buteos are soaring overhead, and eagles are chasing Osprey.  Early October often produces flights in the thousands and is the peak time for Peregrine Falcons and others.  We'll visit several areas around Cape May to make the most of your raptor watching on this "in the field" workshop.  We'll also be in a prime location to enjoy other migrants, such as shorebirds, late warblers, early sparrows, and more!


Add to calendarSunday, October 06, 2019 8:00 AM - Monday, October 07, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$200.00

 PHOTOBIRDING with Scott Whittle
 (11 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $90 nonmembers, $120 members (member discount taken at checkout)

With Scott Whittle.  Accelerate your bird identification skills while learning how to photograph birds in Cape May.  Photography can be an excellent tool for identification, as well as a way to convey the beauty of our experiences in the natural world.  Professional photographer Scott Whittle will help you move toward your photographic goals in this workshop, with a focus on using the camera to look more closely at what we see.







Add to calendarThursday, October 10, 2019 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$120.00

CAPE MAY WITH EVERYTHING ON IT with Louise Zemaitis (15 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $225 nonmembers, $300 members (member discount taken at checkout)


Late October is the time the local birders wait for; crowds have diminished and the most massive fallouts of the season commonly occur NOW!  Sparrows, kinglets, bluebirds, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, and literally who knows what else, since this week starts the season for vagrants in Cape May.  It's also a great time for big raptors like buteos and Golden Eagle, while large seabird flights pass Avalon and Cape May Point nearly every day.

 

Most of the workshop will be spent outdoors, learning directly from our field experiences and much of our time will most likely be spent at some of Cape May’s key migration locations. We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. This program may also include an indoor session, but this will likely be weather or bird-dependent.


Add to calendarMonday, October 21, 2019 7:30 AM - Wednesday, October 23, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$300.00

SPARROW SAMPLER with Michael O'Brien (15 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $200 nonmembers, $150 members (member discount taken at checkout)


A workshop celebrating the ‘LBJs’ (little brown jobs). Subtle and cryptic they might be; difficult to identify they are not, providing you have the right instructor, the right place and the right time. A time when lots of sparrows and lots of species abound. Common species like Swamp, Field, Savannah and Chipping. Uncommon ones like Clay-colored, Vesper, Lincoln’s, Nelson’s and Saltmarsh. Learn the basics of size, shape and behavior first, then practice examining plumage patterns to discover how stunning sparrows can be.

 

Most of the two days will be spent outdoors, learning directly from our field experiences and much of our time will most likely be spent at some of Cape May’s key migration locations.  We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. This workshop may also include an indoor session, but this will likely be weather dependent.


Add to calendarSaturday, October 26, 2019 7:30 AM - Sunday, October 27, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: The Rea Farm "Beanery"
$200.00

SO.MANY.SEABIRDS
 (23 remaining)  (details)
Cost: $20 nonmembers, $15 members (member discount taken at checkout)

With Brett Ewald and CMBO Naturalists. The fall migration of seabirds along the South Jersey coast is fascinating, inspiring, and sometimes overwhelming, as hundreds of thousands head south to wintering grounds.  Join us for an afternoon of scoters, gannets, loons, grebes, cormorants, jaegers, and more - a chance to learn about and appreciate these amazing movements.  We'll concentrate our efforts around Stone Harbor and Avalon - taking it all in.  

Please arrive at the appointed time with a full tank of gas, as transportation to field sites is by private vehicles, and please plan to walk some distances over sand. 


Add to calendarSaturday, November 02, 2019 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$20.00

BAYSHORE BIRDING AT ITS BEST 
 (18 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $32 nonmembers, $24 members (member discount taken at checkout)

Join Janet Crawford, Karen Johnson, and CMBO Naturalists on an exploration of the best birding sites in Cumberland County.  The route will depend on the latest bird sightings, but our search for ducks, raptors and much more could include the following hotspots:  Turkey Point for migrant raptors and other birds; Bivalve, Green Swamp, Seabreeze, and other little-known spots in Cumberland County.

Please arrive at the appointed time with a full tank of gas, as transportation to field sites is by private vehicles.





Add to calendarSunday, November 03, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Mauricetown WAWA
$32.00

COASTAL BIRDING AT TWO MILE 
 (22 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $20 nonmembers, $15 members (member discount taken at checkout)

With Catherine Busch, Barb Bassett, and CMBO Naturalists. Come explore the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge's Two Mile Beach Unit's barrier island habitat where we'll see shorebirds, gulls, and waterfowl as well as offshore migrants such as Northern Gannett and scoters.  We'll walk the beach to the Cold Spring Jetty where we'll look for Great Cormorant and Purple Sandpiper.  We'll also visit the duck blind to view the salt ponds for ducks and raptors. 
 
Please arrive at the appointed time with a full tank of gas, as transportation to field sites is by private vehicles.





Add to calendarFriday, November 08, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Two Mile Beach
$20.00

POOR MAN'S PELAGIC  (20 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $40 nonmembers, $30 members (member discount taken at checkout)

With Program Director Brett Ewald and CMBO Naturalists.  Meets for a half hour of birding before traveling across the Delaware Bay aboard the Cape May Lewes Ferry.  Timed to capture the peak of seabird migration; expect to see Northern Gannets, scoters, loons, cormorants, gulls, and other duck and the possibility of jaegers and other uncommon waterbirds. We’ll travel on the 9:30am ferry and return on the 11:15am boat. PHOTO I.D. WILL BE REQUIRED.

The round-trip ferry fee is included in the field trip price, and as we will be travelling as foot passengers, you can park free of charge in the adjacent lot.

Registration for this event will close 3 days prior to the program date, due to the Ferry reservation procedure.



Add to calendarSaturday, November 09, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Ferry Terminal
$40.00

BRIGANTINE AND MOTT'S CREEK 
 (23 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $32 nonmembers, $24 members (member discount taken at checkout)

With Janet Crawford, Karen Johnson, and  CMBO naturalists. Edwin B. Forsythe NWR is a great place to see ducks, Northern Harriers, Short-eared Owls, eagles and Rough-legged Hawks.  After birding the refuge, the group will head to nearby Mott's Creek for raptor watching.  A refuge pass ($4; can be purchased that day), Golden Age Pass, or federal duck stamp will be required for each vehicle to enter the NWR. 

Please arrive at the appointed time with a full tank of gas, as transportation to field sites is by private vehicles.





Add to calendarSaturday, November 30, 2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Forsythe WMA
$32.00

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE with Brett Ewald 
 (24 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $32 nonmembers, $24 members (member discount taken at checkout)

With Program Director Brett Ewald and CMBO naturalists. Harlequin Ducks and Purple Sandpipers are almost guaranteed on this trip to Barnegat Light State Park, along with scoters, gulls, Northern Gannets and other winter specialties.  This trip involves a long walk over sand and jetty, and is often windy and cold, but always productive. 

Please arrive at the appointed time with a full tank of gas, as transportation to field sites is by private vehicles.





Add to calendarSaturday, December 07, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
$32.00

 

Contact Information

  • NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory
    701 E. Lake Dr
    PO Box 3
    Cape May Point, NJ 08212
    Phone: 609-400-3864
    Email: cmboregistrar@njaudubon.org

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    Current NJ Audubon and Cape May Bird Observatory members receive a 25% savings off non-member price at checkout (type "YES" in member discount box).
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