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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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 13, 2018 7:00 AM - Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$300.00

THINGS WITH WINGS
 (22 remaining)  (details)
Cost: $20 nonmembers, $15 members (member discount taken at checkout)

With Catherine Busch and CMBO Naturalists.  Birds aren't the only migrants in September - many butterflies and dragonflies are migrating too!  We'll visit several locations on Cape Island, some not usually visited on our regular walks, including the Garrett Family Preserve.  Pollinator habitat will be discussed, and if some birds fly by we'll look at them too!

Please arrive at the appointed time with a full tank of gas, as transportation to field sites is by private vehicles.  Please plan to carpool and walk some distances.
Add to calendarMonday, September 24, 2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$20.00

FALCON FEST AND HAWKS ON HIGH with Pete Dunne (14 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 (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 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

 PHOTOBIRDING with Scott Whittle
 (11 remaining)  (details)

Cost: $200 nonmembers, $150 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 calendarMonday, October 22, 2018 8:00 AM - Tuesday, October 23, 2018 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park
$200.00

SO.MANY.SEABIRDS
 (24 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 03, 2018 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$20.00

BAYSHORE BIRDING AT ITS BEST 
 (20 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:  East Point for migrant raptors and other birds; the "Bluffs" on the Maurice River; the Natural Lands Trust 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 04, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Mauricetown WAWA
$32.00

COASTAL BIRDING AT TWO MILE 
 (24 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 09, 2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Two Mile Beach
$20.00

SO.MANY.SEABIRDS
 (24 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 17, 2018 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$20.00

BRIGANTINE AND MOTT'S CREEK 
 (24 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 24, 2018 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 08, 2018 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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