2nd International Bird Observatory Conference

Cape May, New Jersey
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Lead sponsorship provided by:

2nd International Bird Observatory Conference
Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:00 AM -
Monday, October 30, 2017 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Grand Hotel of Cape May
1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey 08204
United States

Map and Directions


The intent of bird observatories around the world can be boiled down to assessing the needs of birds, using that assessment to educate a variety of different audiences, and ultimately supporting wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation. Bird observatories tend to be located at strategic points of migration concentration, and data from each point is valuable especially regarding the local needs of the birds (and other wildlife) moving through it. With the advent of new technologies and the pressing need to address the impacts of climate change and development, bird observatory operators are seeing greater value in bridging the gaps between individual sites and working collaboratively to ask and answer bigger questions, with a goal of imparting greater impact than the sum of their individual locations.

The first International Bird Observatory Conference (IBOC) was hosted by Falsterbo Bird Observatory in Sweden over four days in August of 2014. This was the first attempt to bring together representatives from the world's observatories at a single event.  Over 100 participants representing 40 bird observatories from six continents gathered to learn from each other, share knowledge, and develop relationships that would lead to collaboration over the subsequent years.

IBOC 2017

On October 26-30, New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) will host the 2nd International Bird Observatory Conference (IBOC). CMBO was founded in 1976 by New Jersey Audubon because of its strategic geographic location, which puts it right in the flyway of millions of birds each spring and fall. Migrating songbirds, including colorful warblers, joined by scores of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls, followed by over a million waterbirds, define the fall season at Cape May. All the while Cape May Bird Observatory keeps its finger firmly on the pulse of migration through our annual migration counts, seasonal interpretive programs, and cadre of staff, seasonal naturalists and volunteers working to connect people to nature, and steward the nature of today for the people of tomorrow. 

Hailing from five continents, the participating bird observatories annually engage millions of bird enthusiasts in person and online with educational programs, scientific research and community projects. They also serve as key players working with national and local governments to promote conservation. And together, bird observatories are cooperating along migratory flyways to share critical data and address conservation challenges.

David La Puma, PhD
Director, NJ Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory 
Co-chair of 2017 IBOC

The Grand Hotel of Cape May is the official Hotel of the 2017 International Bird Observatory Conference
. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for festival participants. To make your lodging reservations, please call the hotel direct at 609-884-5611 or toll free at 800-257-8550.  Tell the reservationist that you are attending the International Bird Observatory Conference (IBOC) to receive the special conference rate and also in order to use your credit card for the required deposit.  The hotel accepts MC, VS, AMEX, and DISC.  Standard cancellation policies apply.

Room rates are as follows:
$92/night (single or double occupancy),
$112/night (triple occupancy) or
$132/night (quad occupancy).  
These special conference rates apply to the nights of Tuesday, October 24 thru Monday night, October 31.  Once our room blocks are sold out, standard rack rates will apply, and reservations may be made on the hotel's website.  

Act soon as rooms are limited!

If you are coming from overseas or outside the US: You may make your lodging reservations with The Grand Hotel via email.  Right click here and choose download linked file to download a special conference registration form and save it to your computer.  Complete the form, including your check-in and check-out dates, number of people in the room, and credit card information for the required deposit, and save it.  You may then send the completed form via fax or email to the Grand Hotel -- instructions are on the form.  If your lodging request is not available, they will respond via email with appropriate options.
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GETTING TO CAPE MAY  (Click here to download this information as a pdf)

The easiest way to get to Cape May is by car since public transit is limited and can be time consuming depending on your connections and routes.

 Please see http://www.capemay.com/gettinghere.html which provides driving directions and additional information including New Jersey Transit (NJT) schedules.


The closest major airport is Philadelphia International (PHL) which serves most major airline carriers and rental car companies and is a 100 minute drive.

Car rental example: Avis from $200.00/daily small

Taxi to Cape May for two: from $330.00

Ten passenger van for 10 from: $420.00

 see www.ridebooker.com/transfers/cape-may-nj/phl


Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) is served by Spirit Airlines and has fewer rental options but is about a 75 minute drive.

Car rental example: Avis from $151.00 /daily small

Rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise.

You can take a shuttle from ACY to Cape May for approximately $200.00 via the following:

 Shuttles that serve Cape May - Atlantic City

Arts: (609) -898-7433

HiRoller: (609) 425-5819

CCCP Taxi: (609) 408-3637

 OR take a shuttle to AC bus station and bus to Cape May ( see NJ transit schedule)

Busses run from Atlantic City to Cape May daily both direct and local.

Example: NJT line 552 serves Atlantic City - Cape May can take 90 minutes or longer depending on route local versus express and costs approximately $20.00‚Äč

 A 15 person limo bus charter starts at $825

See http://www.ridebooker.com/transfers/phl/cape-may-nj/limo-bus-15


Driving time 3.5 -4 hours depending on time of day and traffic from JFK International Airport

Car rental example: Avis from JFK from $106.00 Economy

Taxi to Cape May for two: from $560.00

Ten passenger van for 10 persons from: $710.00

 see www.ridebooker.com/transfers/cape-may-nj/jfk


Driving time about two hours depending on time of day and traffic from Newark Liberty Airport (EWR)

Car rental example: Avis small from $65.00/day

Taxi to Cape May for two : from $455.00

Ten passenger van for 10 from: $580.00

 see www.ridebooker.com/transfers/ewr/cape-may-nj


BWI airport, approximately 3 hours driving time, depending on time and traffic.

Car rental example: Avis small from $328.00/day

The scenic  route from the South could include the Cape May Lewes Ferry which does have a shuttle to Cape May for foot passengers (see Getting to Cape May for schedules)


Small private planes can consider Cape May County Airport (609-886-8652) and would then require shuttle service.

For transportation once you are in town you can consult the services listed under ATC or try Cape May Free Ride 609-600-3865 if it is still operating in October.


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