2nd International Bird Observatory Conference

Cape May, New Jersey
Thursday, October 26, 2017
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

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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), with over 300 representatives of more than 100 international bird observatories from around the globe expected. 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. Simply tell the reservationist that you are attending the International Bird Observatory Conference and receive the special rate of $92/night (single or double occupancy), $112/night (triple occupancy) or $132/night (quad occupancy)

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