2016 Cape May Spring Festival

Cape May, New Jersey
Thursday, May 19, 2016
2016 Cape May Spring Festival
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Sunday, May 22, 2016

Grand Hotel (May 20-22) 609-884-5611
CMBO 609-861-0700 ext. 10
1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey 08204
United States

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Tens of thousands of shorebirds migrating, and spectacular songbirds on territory - Spring in Cape May equals SO.MANY.BIRDS.

We are very excited about what we have planned for you during the 2016 Spring Festival.  Our traditional walks at Cape May's signature locations are all on the schedule, including Higbee Beach, The Meadows, Cox Hall Creek WMA, Rea Farm, Cape May Point State Park, Belleplain State Forest, Stone Harbor Point, and Heislerville Wildlife Management Area. With our outstanding leaders, packing your schedule with bird walks at those locations is worth the price of admission alone! 

But we have added so much more...  

How about walking in the footsteps of Witmer Stone on a personally guided tour of Cape May with Bert Filemyr, retired teacher and historian of all things birds

Do you have your copy of the critically acclaimed Warbler Guide? Why not spend a couple of hours with Scott Whittle, and learn not only about the birds, but about photography techniques, song identification and much more right from the guy who wrote the book!

Hoping for Jaegers, Gannets and the like? Take a 3-hour "Trip to the Rips" our new mini-pelagic aboard the American Star and be immersed in the melee of a waterbird feeding frenzy! Take a sunset walk or boat trip and await the rising of the full moon; a birders dream in photographer heaven! 

Explore our beaches and witness millions of years of co-evolution between horseshoe crabs and a suite of beach-foraging birds. On Saturday evening join expert naturalist Mark Garland to view the spawning of horseshoe crabs as a super-high tide comes in at Norbury's Landing.

Visit historic East Point Lighthouse and hear from Pete Dunne and Brian Harrington about the beginnings of intensive shorebird monitoring and recovery work.  

Join Dale Rosselet and Kevin Karlson for some personal tips based on their book Birding by Impression. 

Our Friday night keynote with Brian Harrington will be a shorebird celebration! 

And you won't want to miss Saturday's panel discussion marking the 25th anniversary of the publication of Season at the Point, hosted by author Jack Connor, and including Pat and Clay Sutton, Pete Dunne, Jeff Bouton and Paul Kerlinger. We set up the panel for lunch time, so you can enjoy sunset walks and boat trips. And New Jersey Audubon's Nature Center of Cape May will be holding its annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to work in some time for that.  

How many birds will you see? 

So. Many. Birds.

Amazing Photo by Phil Witt

Registration fees are $65 per day, or come all three days for only $175, with additional costs for bus trips, special walks, and evening programs. Preregistration is required and some events have limited capacity, so please sign up now.

Daily registration includes admission to all regular trips, workshops, programs, and activities for that day. There are several additional activities available for an additional fee each day, and they are noted by a ($) on the website and in the agenda. Most activities are available to REGISTRANTS ONLY except for the Friday Keynote, Saturday Luncheon and 3-hour mini-pelagic Trips to the Rips*

* A la carte pricing is higher than registrant pricing

Preregistration must be received by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 17th. If you are unable to register by Tuesday, May 17th, you may register onsite at The Grand Hotel of Cape May beginning on Thursday May 19th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. On Friday and Saturday, onsite registration will be open from 6:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Sunday registration will open from 6:30 am to noon.  Please call or email Deb Shaw 609-861-0700 ext. 10, deb.shaw@njaudubon.org for more information about on-site registration. If you fail to register in advance, you may not be able to attend certain activities.  If you must register on-site the morning of the event, you may be late to your first activity. 

Note: LODGING is not included in registration. MEALS  are not included in registration. TRANSPORTATION is not included in registration, with the exception of trolley trips.

Where to stay when you're here?
The Grand Hotel of Cape May is the official Hotel of the Cape May Spring Festival
. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for festival participants. Simply tell the reservationist that you are attending the Cape May Spring Festival and receive the special rate.

Act soon as rooms are limited!

For other great options, please visit our Places to Eat, Shop Stay and Play page which showcases our business members including hotels, motels, campgrounds, B&B's and rooms for rent! Whatever your budget or configuration, we've got you covered.


Contact Information

  • If you have questions, please contact Deb Shaw, deb.shaw@njaudubon.org or 609-861-0700 ext. 10.

Payment Instructions

  • If paying by check please make payable to NJ Audubon and send to:

    Cape May Spring Festival
    Cape May Bird Observatory
    600 Route 47 N
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
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