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
 (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, July 10, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research and Education
$20.00

BEACH BIRDS OF SUMMER
 (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 calendarSaturday, August 11, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$20.00

BUTTERFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES: THE JEWELS OF SUMMER
 (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 14, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research and Education
$20.00

THE WORLD OF BUTTERFLIES with Pat Sutton (12 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 21, 2018 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 (16 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 22, 2018 7:30 AM - Thursday, August 23, 2018 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$200.00

FALL MIGRATION AT CAPE MAY with Louise Zemaitis
 (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 calendarThursday, September 13, 2018 7:00 AM - Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$300.00

FALCON FEST AND HAWKS ON HIGH with Pete Dunne (20 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 29, 2018 8:00 AM - Sunday, September 30, 2018 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 29, 2018 2:00 PM - Sunday, September 30, 2018 6:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Nature Center of Cape May
$120.00

MONARCHS ON 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 02, 2018 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$120.00

SPARROW SAMPLER with Michael O'Brien (19 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 13, 2018 7:30 AM - Sunday, October 14, 2018 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: The Rea Farm "Beanery"
$200.00

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 15, 2018 7:30 AM - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$200.00

HAWKS IN FLIGHT with Pete Dunne (20 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 17, 2018 8:00 AM - Thursday, October 18, 2018 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$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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