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

Summertime is when Butterflies and Dragonflies are at their peak!  Meet Brian Johnson at our Center for Research and Education for a morning trip that will explore some lesser known habitats of southern 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.
Add to calendarTuesday, August 15, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research and Education
$20.00

THE WORLD OF BUTTERFLIES with Pat Sutton (9 remaining)  (details)
Cost: $90 Members, $120 Non-members (member discount taken at checkout)

Learn about butterfly life cycles, their relationships to the plant world, odd behaviors, survival in a world filled with hungry predators, the spectacular migration of some species and the restricted range of others, and tips for easy identification. There will be an indoor illustrated presentation on butterfly biology, resources, and ID, but most of the day will be spent in the field. Pollinator gardening principals will be seen in action as the group visits private wildlife gardens (including Sutton’s) and natural areas near Cape May Court House and Goshen. Cape May County hosts 107 species of butterflies. If it is a good year for Monarchs, they may be plentiful.

Arrive for the day with plenty of gas, as transportation to field sites is by private vehicles
Add to calendarTuesday, August 22, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research and Education
$120.00

SHOREBIRDS WITH THE MAN WHO WROTE THE BOOK with Michael O'Brien (12 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 23, 2017 7:30 AM - Thursday, August 24, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$200.00

BIRDING BY EAR: EARLY FALL MIGRATION with Glen Davis
 (12 remaining)  (details)
Cost: $65 nonmembers, $45 members (member discount taken at checkout)

When the chorus of spring and summer songs start to diminish, the late-summer mix of sounds from the migratory and local birds of Cape May continues on. The calls of many neotropical and long-distance migrants fill the skies, fields, marshes, beaches, and woods of the Cape May area. Many of the early fall migrants are at their peak in late August and their vocality provides a great opportunity to hone your ears and thoughts toward the particularly exciting soundscape at this time of year. This workshop will help you learn to focus on, describe, and identify these sounds. Warblers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, terns, shorebirds and many more groups of birds, in a variety of habitats, will be sought out and given all-ears!
Add to calendarSaturday, August 26, 2017 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Higbee Beach WMA
$65.00

TECHNIQUES OF BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY with Scott Whittle
 (10 remaining)  (details)

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

Join Warbler Guide author and professional photographer Scott Whittle and take your bird and wildlife photography to the next level. This intermediate workshop will analyze each participants needs, and then focus on developing the skills that will make them better photographers. Composition, being in the right place and right time, stalking, using the right equipment for the job, creative choices and other critical techniques will be discussed and practiced.

Participants will get the most from this class if they already have at least some experience in photographing wildlife, and have a general knowledge of concepts like aperture, shutter speed, ISO and depth of field.











Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 8:00 AM - Saturday, September 09, 2017 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$200.00

FALL MIGRATION AT CAPE MAY with Louise Zemaitis
 (16 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 calendarThursday, September 14, 2017 7:00 AM - Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$300.00

FALCON FEST AND HAWKS ON HIGH with Pete Dunne (0 remaining)  (details)

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


Bird Cape May at the peak time for raptor diversity, with experts who know identification tips unavailable anywhere else! This workshop will be "just birding," no indoor workshop time (unless severe weather dictates otherwise) at the prime time to be in Cape May.  Expect many falcons (including Peregrines), plus accipiters, buteos, harriers, ospreys and eagles. Though our aim will be to study and appreciate the sometimes spectacular passage of falcon species through Cape May at this time of year, we shall be in a prime location to enjoy other migrants too and, depending on the conditions, we may also seek shorebirds, late warblers, early sparrows, and more


Add to calendarSaturday, September 23, 2017 8:00 AM - Sunday, September 24, 2017 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$200.00

THINGS THAT GO SEEP IN THE NIGHT with Michael O'Brien (18 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 calendarSaturday, September 30, 2017 2:00 PM - Sunday, October 01, 2017 6:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Nature Center of Cape May
$120.00

MONARCH MIGRATION with Mark Garland (24 remaining)  (details)

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


Learn about the biology of the monarch butterfly and spend a day in the field with the Director of the CMBO Monarch Monitoring Project.  Visit gardens and other natural areas around Cape May Point to watch monarch behavior and see the principles of butterfly gardening in action.  Learn how to safely handle and tag monarchs, and also learn methods for conducting field research into these migratory insects.  Visit the CMBO Northwood Center to see the terraria where monarch caterpillars and chrysalides are on display, and learn about the proper husbandry of such displays.  We will take time to identify many other butterflies that can be found at this season in Cape May Point, and we’ll identify a few of the migrant birds that are sure to be around, but the primary focus will be on monarch biology all day.  There will be a short indoor illustrated talk on monarch biology, but most of the day will be in the field in Cape May Point.

                                                                   




Add to calendarTuesday, October 03, 2017 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$120.00

SPARROW SAMPLER with Michael O'Brien (17 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 14, 2017 7:30 AM - Sunday, October 15, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: The Rea Farm "Beanery"
$200.00

HAWKS IN FLIGHT with Pete Dunne (19 remaining)  (details)

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


At fifteen raptor species, this is the time of peak raptor diversity in Cape May. Perhaps including bonus birds like Golden Eagles and Swainson's Hawk!  It is a rare moment during late October in Cape May when something raptorial is not in view. Learn how to tell buteos from accipiters from falcons from eagles at the very edge of eyesight.  Pete Dunne co-wrote the book that is the title of this workshop, and the only thing he enjoys more than watching hawks is imparting the knowledge he has accumulated during his 15,000 hawk watching hours.

This workshop may also include an indoor session, but this will likely be weather or bird-dependent.


Add to calendarWednesday, October 18, 2017 8:00 AM - Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$200.00

CAPE MAY WITH EVERYTHING ON IT with Louise Zemaitis (16 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $300 nonmembers, $225 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 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 calendarMonday, October 23, 2017 7:30 AM - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$300.00

WATERBIRDS IN FLIGHT with Glen Davis (19 remaining)  (details)
Cost: $200 nonmembers, $150 members (member discount taken at checkout)

Hawkwatching and the Morning Flight songbird experience are well-known to be exercises in distant or difficult ID. An often under-appreciated challenge also lies with identifying the large suite of migrating waterbirds during the great round-the-clock flights they make. Waterfowl, herons, loons, grebes, gannets, gulls, jaegers, terns, shorebirds, and others are all passing in a convergence of great diversity and abundance in late fall. In this new workshop offering, the spectacle of their movements will be paired with gaining a better sense for their identification, both near and far. Flock structure and flight style will be integrated with size, shape, and plumage features to enhance your ability and appreciation for the interesting study of these far-flung fliers.
Add to calendarSaturday, November 04, 2017 8:00 AM - Sunday, November 05, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research and Education
$200.00

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

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

Come with us on a wonderful exploration of the very best birding sites in Cumberland County. The final route will depend on the latest bird news, but our search for an array of ducks, raptors, and much more could include any of the following hotspots: East Point for migrant raptors and other birds; the "Bluffs" on the Maurice river; the Natural Lands Trust's Peek Preserve 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 05, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Mauricetown WAWA
$32.00

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

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

Ducks are massing, Northern Harriers and, perhaps Short-eared Owls will be hunting. Eagles and Rough-legged Hawks are also possible. Meet CMBO naturalists at Brigantine, a.k.a. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. 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 25, 2017 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Forsythe WMA
$32.00

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE
 (24 remaining)  (details)

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

Harlequin Ducks and Purple Sandpipers are guaranteed on this special field trip. Over the years, it has been spiced with Black-legged Kittiwakes, thousands of Northern Gannets, all three scoters, both eiders, both white-winged gulls, Razorbill, and more...All of the latter are only possibilities, of course, but who knows what might turn up this year? This trip involves a long walk over sand and jetty, 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 09, 2017 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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