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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POOR MAN'S PELAGIC  (18 remaining)  (details)

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

Take the “poor man’s pelagic” across Delaware Bay aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry at a time of year when hundreds of Northern Gannets (up close and personal), loons, cormorants, gulls, terns and scoters concentrate in the bay. Meet CMBO naturalists at the Cape May Ferry landing for a half hour of birding from the landing. Ride the 1:00 boat to Delaware and return on the 2:45. Finish by birding at the jetty near the dock if time. 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, March 23, 2019 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Ferry Terminal
$40.00

GULLS SIMPLIFIED with Michael O'Brien  (20 remaining)  (details)

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

With Michael O'Brien.  This workshop combines time in the field learning the easy way to separate the four common winter gulls and practicing sifting flocks of gulls for something rare-perhaps even an Iceland Gull-with an indoor review of gull plumages, aging, and some rarer species. By the end, you'll learn to love gulls too!

We don’t preset an itinerary, but will explore those parts of Cape May County that regularly hold good numbers of gulls, such as Cape May Point, Cape May Harbor and the Cape May Ferry Terminal area. Final location decisions will be made by the leader, based on local knowledge and conditions at the time. We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. This workshop will also include an indoor learning session.




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

CAPE MAY BIRDING - RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME with Tom Reed 
 (9 remaining)  (details)

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

It may seem like magic that certain birders always seem to be at the right place at the right time, but is it really?  Join Tom Reed for a full day of learning and exploring some of the tricks that experienced field birders use to maximize their time in the field-the calendar, tide cycles, weather events, geography, habitat, and history, among others. Expect to spend your entire time in the field.  





Add to calendarSunday, March 31, 2019 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research and Education
$120.00

BIRDS IN FLIGHT - SPRING EDITION with Tom Reed 
 (8 remaining)  (details)

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

Cape May is synonymous with migration and birds in flight- yes, even in spring!  This may include waterfowl, wading birds, raptors, shorebirds, swallows, and songbirds.  Join Tom Reed for a day of watching water and sky for northbound migrants, while learning in-flight ID tips and more about the status and distribution of spring migrants at Cape May.  As an added bonus, this session will also touch on the fundamentals of bird migration counts and how they are conducted, along with an introduction to the new Cape May Springwatch program. 





Add to calendarSaturday, April 06, 2019 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park Hawkwatch
$120.00

BIRDS OF PEASLEE WMA 
 (20 remaining)  (details)

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

Peaslee is an extension of Belleplain State Forest, but has its own charm and its own special areas that harbor a wonderful range of birds. Spend a whole morning with CMBO Naturalists and get to know some of the very best spots in this wonderful natural area – great for vireos, tanagers, warblers and much more!

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





Add to calendarSunday, April 28, 2019 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Belleplain HQ office
$32.00

SPRING MIGRATION SPECIAL with Brett Ewald (11 remaining)  (details)

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

Join David La Puma to celebrate spring with migrating songbirds deposited by the night sky and shorebirds teeming on the mudflats. Hooded and Kentucky Warblers sing in the shadows of Belleplain State Forest, while Summer Tanagers “piki-tuck”ing overhead. Red Knots and Sanderlings feed in mosaics of rust and silver on the Delaware Bay shore, egrets and herons dot the back bay meadows. This workshop is all about diversity and focuses not only on identifying the birds, but also learning about their lives.

We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain.



Add to calendarFriday, May 03, 2019 7:00 AM - Sunday, May 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$300.00

BIRDING BY EAR: CALLS & SONGS OF EASTERN BIRDS with Michael O'Brien (19 remaining)  (details)

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

Everyone’s dreamed of learning bird songs, and everyone can. Even experienced birders spend time each spring “getting their ear in,” re-learning the songs they already know. Jump-start your audio-recall by learning how to listen critically, group and categorize song types, and (as your song and call repertoire grow) gain confidence and skill. Many of southern New Jersey’s breeding birds are back and singing heartily, while migrants will be joining the chorus, too.

We don’t pre-set an itinerary, but will visit those parts of Cape May County that regularly hold good numbers of birds at this time of year. We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. This workshop will also include an indoor session.



Add to calendarMonday, May 06, 2019 7:00 AM - Tuesday, May 07, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Higbee Beach WMA
$200.00

SPRING SHOREBIRDS & SOUTHERN BREEDERS  (19 remaining)  (details)

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

Heislerville’s celebrated shorebird concentration (not to mention the whole Delaware Bay) coupled with Belleplain State Forest (not to mention nearby Cumberland County hotspots) – all resulting in a lot of great birds, all close together! Red Knots, Dunlin, maybe a Curlew Sandpiper plus woodland birds like Yellow-throated and Prothonotary Warblers and Summer Tanagers.

We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. This birding break may also include an indoor session.



Add to calendarWednesday, May 15, 2019 7:00 AM - Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research and Education
$200.00

WARBLERS BY SIGHT & SOUND with Scott Whittle (19 remaining)  (details)

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

Few families of birds are so colorful, vocal and animate as the North American warblers and no spring is complete without a trip seeking warbler waves. Here’s your trip, timed to catch the peak of the wave of northern species like Blackburnian, Blackpoll and Canada, while also engaging southern breeders like Hooded, Yellow-throated and Prothonotary. This workshop aims to help you pick up on both audio and visual clues to be able to quickly and accurately locate these springtime gems.

We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. This workshop will also include an indoor tuition session.


Add to calendarMonday, May 20, 2019 7:00 AM - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Higbee Beach WMA
$200.00

APPALACHIAN SPRING BIRDING with Scott Barnes
 (20 remaining)  (details)

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

With forests, hemlock glens, marshes, streams, and bogs, there is no better place than High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest in northern New Jersey to hear a diversity of bird songs in a concentrated area, from Cerulean and Blackburnian Warblers to Ruffed Grouse and Barred Owls. Join Scott Barnes and plan to begin early for dawn chorus and lunch in the field, ending by early afternoon each day. This workshop is entirely in the field and, yes, we will look at birds like Cerulean and Chestnut-sided Warblers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, and over 100 others there to be heard or seen.

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



Add to calendarWednesday, May 22, 2019 7:00 AM - Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: High Point State Park
$200.00

SHOREBIRDS ON THE BAY
 (20 remaining)  (details)

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

Join CMBO Naturalists on this special trip to Delaware Bayshore beaches - at the best time of year for migrating shorebirds, such as Red Knots and Ruddy Turnstones, stopping over to feed on Horseshoe Crab eggs before heading to the high arctic to breed.  We'll visit several protected shorebird hotspots in our search for shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs in action!





Add to calendarMonday, May 13, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research
$20.00

SHOREBIRDS ON THE BAY
 (20 remaining)  (details)

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

Join CMBO Naturalists on this special trip to Delaware Bayshore beaches - at the best time of year for migrating shorebirds, such as Red Knots and Ruddy Turnstones, stopping over to feed on Horseshoe Crab eggs before heading to the high arctic to breed.  We'll visit several protected shorebird hotspots in our search for shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs in action!





Add to calendarWednesday, May 22, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research
$20.00

SHOREBIRDS ON THE BAY
 (23 remaining)  (details)

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

Join CMBO Naturalists on this special trip to Delaware Bayshore beaches - at the best time of year for migrating shorebirds, such as Red Knots and Ruddy Turnstones, stopping over to feed on Horseshoe Crab eggs before heading to the high arctic to breed.  We'll visit several protected shorebird hotspots in our search for shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs in action!





Add to calendarTuesday, May 28, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research
$20.00

SHOREBIRDS WITH THE MAN WHO WROTE THE BOOK with Michael O'Brien (19 remaining)  (details)

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

It is not surprising Houghton Mifflin's landmark The Shorebird Guide (2006) sprang from the brains and hands of three Cape May birders and authors. Now you can experience some of the East Coast's best shorebirding while guided by one of the them. Michael O'Brien is equal parts skilled birder and superb teacher. Search storied locations like Bunker Pond, the South Cape Meadows, Stone Harbor, and Edwin B. Forsythe NWR for peeps, plovers and yellowlegs plus possible gems like phalaropes or godwits. Over 25 plovers and sandpipers are in easy reach, with some species numbering in the thousands.  Learn to begin with size, behavior and voice, and then move on to careful examination of plumage details, just as The Shorebird Guide teaches. 

We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. This workshop may also include an indoor session, depending on weather and birds on the day.
  

Add to calendarTuesday, August 14, 2018 7:30 AM - Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$200.00

BEACH BIRDS OF SUMMER
 (24 remaining)  (details)
Cost: $20 nonmembers, $15 members (member discount taken at checkout)

With Brett Ewald and CMBO Naturalists. In summer, Cape May’s beaches attract an interesting range of terns, gulls, and shorebirds, and this Special Field Trip offers a golden opportunity to enjoy the subtle beauty of these birds. Common, Forster’s and Least Terns are plentiful at this time, and there may be a few Royal Terns and Black Skimmers around. We’ll search for uncommon gulls amongst the cadre of common species, and spend time looking at shorebirds, migrant and resident, such as American Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Willets, and more! 



Add to calendarTuesday, August 20, 2019 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$20.00

FALL MIGRATION AT CAPE MAY with David LaPuma
 (20 remaining)  (details)

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


September straddles the migratory timetable; you're not too late for shorebirds, not too early for hawks, and right on time for warblers and other neotropical migrants. Indeed, it is the great variety of songbirds heading south during early September that will be the main target of this three-day birding workshop and we shall have ample opportunity to learn these birds both by sight and sound. 

Most of the three 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 program may also include an indoor session, but this will likely be weather or bird-dependent.


Add to calendarFriday, September 13, 2019 7:00 AM - Sunday, September 15, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$300.00

THINGS THAT GO SEEP IN THE NIGHT with Michael O'Brien (20 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

 PHOTOBIRDING with Scott Whittle
 (12 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 (20 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $200 nonmembers, $150 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
$200.00

SPARROW SAMPLER with Michael O'Brien (20 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

 

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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