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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SHOREBIRDS ON THE BAY
 (18 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

DRAGONFLIES AND BUTTERFLIES: THE JEWELS OF SUMMER
 (details)
Cost: $20 nonmembers, $15 members (member discount taken at checkout)

With Brian Johnson.  Summertime is when Butterflies and Dragonflies are at their peak!  We will be visiting some lesser-known habitats in Cape May County near our center in Goshen, New Jersey in search of these beautiful residents. We'll concentrate on the variety and many colors of butterflies, with some flashy dragonflies and damselflies thrown in for good measure.  Please plan to carpool and to walk some distances. 
Add to calendarTuesday, July 16, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research and Education
$20.00

THE BASICS OF BIRDING with Brett Ewald 
 (8 remaining)  (details)

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

With Program Director Brett Ewald.  This all encompassing workshop combines in the field experience and id tips with discussions on bird families, occurrence/migration, optics, field guides, backyard birding/gardening and more.  We'll visit several local hotspots to take in warblers, kingbirds, shorebirds, terns, and other early migrants.  Geared towards beginners and those wishing to improve their knowledge and appreciation of birds and birding, helping you take it to the next level!





Add to calendarTuesday, August 13, 2019 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park Hawkwatch
$120.00

SHOREBIRDS WITH THE MAN WHO WROTE THE BOOK with Michael O'Brien (17 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 calendarWednesday, August 14, 2019 7:30 AM - Thursday, August 15, 2019 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
 (19 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 (17 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 (20 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
 (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 (19 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 (16 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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