2017 Cape May Spring Festival

Cape May, New Jersey
Thursday, May 18, 2017
We strongly recommend you review the information on the summary page (tab above) and the agenda below before beginning your registration.  

Cancellations, less a $50 processing fee, will be accepted until Wednesday, May 10th.  There will be no refunds after May 10th, either for daily registration or special events at extra cost, ie, boat trips, special walks, or trolley trips. Festival organizers reserve the right to cancel or substitute any activity when necessary. Call or email Deb Shaw, 609-400-3836, deb.shaw@njaudubon.org, directly to alert us to cancellations.
Select your registration type:
REGISTRANT: I plan to register for activities on one or more days.
3-Day Pass (10% discount on registration fees! $175 instead of $195)  (details)
Choose this option to attend all three days and get a 10% discount on your registration fee. Instead of paying $65/day you'll may $175 for all three! 
$175.00


I prefer to pay for individual days ($65/day)  (details)
Choose this if you'd like to select individual days to attend. Once you check this box you will be able to select individual days.


Thursday May 18

 


Festival Kickoff Party Thurs PM  (details)
Come join festival staff, volunteers and registrants at Harry's Ocean Bar & Grille at 1025 Beach Avenue, Cape May (just a block or so away from the Grand Hotel) for our evening social to kick-off the Cape May Spring Festival.  Be our guest for plenty of delicious appetizers and a cash bar.
Add to calendarThursday, May 18, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Harry's Ocean Bar & Grille


Friday May 19

 


Friday Daily Registration  
$65.00

Dawn Chorus and more in Belleplain State Forest  (details)
Meets at the Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 then carpools to the best spot in Belleplain, approximately 10 minutes away.
 • Woodbine, NJ 08270 • 

For many birders, at least one trip to Belleplain every spring is a “must.” The forest understory, featuring emerging wildflowers with blooming dogwood, followed by blooming mountain laurel and rhododendron, provides a colorful background for viewing the dozens of newly arriving passerines, returning from their winter homes in southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. In early May, the forest begins to ring with the songs of the Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, various woodpeckers, tanagers, cuckoos, and a variety of wood warblers, some of which are stopping in Belleplain before they continue their migration to more northerly nesting grounds.

Experience the cacophony of the dawn chorus and then explore further in this vast forest. Carpooling is required to improve everyone's experience and keep the group together. The length of this trip is designed to allow for a thorough exploration of many different sites and habitats. Rest rooms available. Practice all protocols of birding-by-ear, including keeping low voices, closing car doors carefully, not using recordings, etc. 




Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 5:30 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Meets at the Center for Research and Education


Leader's Choice Trolley Trip with Richard Crossley Fri AM ($) (0 remaining)  (details)
Leader's Choice Trolley Trip with Richard Crossley

Depart from the Grand Hotel and let Richard show you some of the best spots around. He will have his finger on the pulse of all the bird activity in the area.  Richard is the Author of "The Crossely ID Guide" series, a revolutionary approach to learning bird identification.  If you have one of his books, bring it along and we're sure he'll be happy to sign it. 


Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Lobby of the Grand Hotel
$35.00


Bird and Nature Photography with Scott Whittle Fri AM (10 remaining)  (details)
Bird and Nature Photography with Scott Whittle

Scott Whittle, author of The Warbler Guide, is a professional photographer with keen eyes and ears for birds. He will likely begin with a brief discussion of cameras and then will seek out a couple of spots where the group can practice photography and assess their shots. You may consider this an introduction to one of the more intensive workshops Scott offers through Cape May Bird Observatory from time to time. You may also wish to attend his indoor program later in the afternoon, "Learning Bird Sounds" at 1:30 pm in the Crystal Room in the Grand Hotel.




Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: State Park in front of South Shelter


2 Hour Walks Fri AM1  (details)
Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area • West End of New England Road (past 520 New England Road) • Lower Township/Cape May •
This property is owned and managed by the NJ Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife.  It is home to the largest stand of old growth forest south of the Cape May canal and famous for its dune forest, the last natural dune forest along the Delaware Bayshore.  Birds on their southward migration are funneled down the Cape May peninsula, directly into Higbee Beach WMA.   Comprised of fields, mature swamp forest, freshwater ponds and marsh and horse pastures, songbirds are often abundant here during spring and fall migration.  Walking is on open field trails and forest edges.

The Nature Conservancy • South Cape May Meadows (aka The Meadows) • Located across from 617 Sunset Blvd. (near intersection of Routes 606 & 607) • Cape May •
Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), this 200 acre refuge includes critical foraging and resting habitat for birds and wildlife. The preserve’s loop trail is replete with dunes, freshwater wetlands, meadows, ponds, and a full mile of protected beach.  An excellent place to view gulls, terns, herons, egrets, shorebirds, bitterns, rails, and ducks.  Walking follows a 1-mile loop trail over a combination of hard dirt paths and sand.

Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area • 7 Shawmount Avenue • Villas • 
A preserved 253-acre former golf course with paved paths winding through former fairways, is now maintained as grasslands and savannahs, wooded copses, and a beautiful swamp forest along Cox Hall Creek.  Great habitat for Barred and Great Horned Owls, Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles, woodpeckers, and numerous waterfowl.  Considerable songbird fallouts have been seen in this area over the years.  Walking is on paved and woodland paths.  Residential area, please be considerate and park only in designated areas.


Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • Higbee Beach
  • The Meadows
  • Cox Hall Creek


2 Hour Walks Fri AM2  (details)

Cape May Point State Park • 215 Lighthouse Avenue • Cape May Point •
A great vantage point for witnessing the spectacle of migrating hawks, eagles, and falcons, the Cape May Point State Park is without parallel in North America. More Peregrine Falcon and Osprey are tallied in each fall season than many birders will see in a lifetime. With a picturesque lighthouse, a network of clearly marked trails and boardwalks, beach, viewing platforms, covered picnic areas, and toilet facilities, it is the perfect spot to spend a day.  Walking is on trails, boardwalk, and beach. The Red Trail is a ½-mile wheel-chair accessible boardwalk trail.  The Yellow Trail is 1½ miles and covers different habitats including wetland marsh, coastal dune, and the beach.  The Blue Trail is 2 miles and continues off the Yellow Trail with a longer hike along the beach and coastal dune.

Birding and History at the Cape May Meadows• At one time the place we call the Meadows was a beach front community known as South Cape May. There were probably about 40 structures in the community but streets were laid out for many more. Learn the history from Bert Filemyr, an active field birder in the Delaware Valley and North America.


Belleplain State Forest • Parking area at 1 Henkinsifkin Road (off County Road 550) • Woodbine, NJ 08270 •  For many birders, at least one trip to Belleplain every spring is a “must.” The forest understory, featuring emerging wildflowers with blooming dogwood, followed by blooming mountain laurel and rhododendron, provides a colorful background for viewing the dozens of newly arriving passerines, returning from their winter homes in southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. In early May, the forest begins to ring with the songs of the Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, various woodpeckers, tanagers, cuckoos, and a variety of wood warblers, some of which are stopping in Belleplain before they continue their migration to more northerly nesting grounds. This walk will focus on tree identification and the ecology of Belleplain State Forest.  Yes, there will be birds.

 


Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • EZ Birding CM Point State Park
  • The Trees of Belleplain
  • Birding and History at Cape May Meadows


There's an App for That with David La Puma FRI AM  (details)
There's an App for That: A presentation by Cape May Bird Observatory Director, David La Puma
Location: Classroom at the Center For Research and Education, 600 Rt. 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210


As our phones get smarter and smarter, the tools available to birders also get better and better. Come check out the latest in apps for birders in this informative and fun presentation. What apps will help you find birds? What about keeping your list? Taking notes? Recording sound? Capture the best photo? David has been using apps for birding for over a decade now and would love to share his favorites with you.


Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Center for Research and Education Classroom


Osprey Back Bay Birding Boat Trip Fri AM ($) (8 remaining)  (details)
Join Captain Bob and CMBO naturalists for a Salt Marsh Safari around Cape May's back bay.  These trips offer close viewing of waterbirds and are great for beginners and photographers. For registrants only, and limited to 28 people.


Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


Beach Nesting Birds Fri PM  (details)

Join members of NJ Department of Environmental Protection Endangered and Nongame Species Program for an intimate look at Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, terns and more.  An indoor presentation will be followed by a trip to nearby Two-Mile Beach, which has hosted beach nesters for the past several years.
Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Meets at Nature Center of Cape May


Shorebird Express Trolley Trip with David La Puma Fri PM ($) (2 remaining)  (details)
Shorebird Express Trolley Trip with David La Puma
This trip will start and end at the Center for Research & Education, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House (Goshen), and explore 4-5 outstanding shorebird viewing locations in Cape May County. We will go where the birds are, so expect to visit multiple, famous shorebird locations on the Delaware Bay, Atlantic Coast, or both, during this bird-filled trolley ride!  

This trolley trip is open to registrants only for $35 aboard the Great American Trolley.



Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Departs from Center for Research & Education
$35.00


Learning Bird Sounds with Scott Whittle Fri PM  (details)

The sounds birds make are often one of the most important ways to locate and identify them.  So why do so few people seem to have a strong grasp of vocalizations?  Scott Whittle, co-author of The Warbler Guide, will introduce a new system of analyzing and identifying bird song as part of their upcoming Sound Guide project with Princeton University Press, and help you improve the way you listen and remember what you hear.  Join him for an introduction to the world of bird sound and learn to explore the rewarding experience of listening with precision.


Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Crystal Room


Osprey Back Bay Birding Boat Trip Fri PM ($) (0 remaining)  (details)
Join Captain Bob and CMBO naturalists for a Salt Marsh Safari around Cape May's back bay.  These trips offer close viewing of waterbirds and are great for beginners and photographers. Limited to 28 people.


Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


2 Hour Walks Fri PM  (details)
The Nature Conservancy • South Cape May Meadows (aka The Meadows) • Located across from 617 Sunset Blvd. (near intersection of Routes 606 & 607) • Cape May •  
Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), this 200 acre refuge includes critical foraging and resting habitat for birds and wildlife. The preserve’s loop trail is replete with dunes, freshwater wetlands, meadows, ponds, and a full mile of protected beach.  An excellent place to view gulls, terns, herons, egrets, shorebirds, bitterns, rails, and ducks.  Walking follows a 1-mile loop trail over a combination of hard dirt paths and sand.

Stone Harbor Point • Parking area at the end of Second Ave. at 122nd Street • Stone Harbor
In 2015, Stone Harbor Point was subject of an extensive habitat restoration project to attract beach nesting birds. It is a wonderful spot from which to view fall shorebird, seabird and songbird migration.  Neighboring Nummy Island holds a rich saltmarsh is one of the best spots to observe Clapper rails, herons and egrets, American Oystercatchers, Ospreys, Black Skimmers, terns and Seaside Sparrows, and to enjoy mudflats teeming with migrant shorebirds.  If time allows, participants will get to see a bit of both.

Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • Stone Harbor and Surroundings
  • The Meadows


Heislerville Wildlife Management Area Fri PM  (details)
Heislerville Wildlife Management Area, Matt's Landing Road, Heislerville, NJ 08324
Meet CMBO Staff and volunteers at the parking lot at the end of Matt's Landing Road to bird the dense flocks of shorebirds that gather in the impoundments.
Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)


Horseshoe Crab Experience Fri PM  (details)
This workshop will bring you up close and personal with the amazing horseshoe crab.  You will begin in the classroom at the Nature Center of Cape May, where expert Sam Wilson of the Nature Center will provide an educational program and lead a visit to NCCM's touch tanks.  The indoor portion will be followed by a trip to a local viewing site, most likely Norbury's Landing, where conditions should be optimal for viewing as the tide will be incoming on a nearly full moon tide. You will need to provide your own transportation or carpool.

Another offering included in your registration, and Only In Cape May.

 Photo below by Phil Witt, taking during the 2015 Spring Festival


Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Nature Center of Cape May


Alexander Wilson: The Father of American Ornithology  (details)
Alexander Wilson: The Father of American Ornithology, with Bert Filemyr

Born in Paisley Scotland in 1766, Alexander Wilson seemed destined for a career as a weaver and a minor poet. His sudden emigration to the United States in 1794 changed that. After pursuing various vocations he discovered his passion for birds in 1804. Between that date and his untimely death in 1813 he traveled, researched, wrote, illustrated, supervised the engraving, had printed, and often hand colored the plates for the landmark nine volume “American Ornithology”. This work is the foundation document of American birding and it is the reason Wilson is acknowledged as the “Father of American Ornithology. Learn about this fascinating person and his very strong connections to Cape May.

Bert Filemyr is an active field birder both in the Delaware Valley and throughout North America. Over the years he has recorded over 100 species of birds in each of the lower 48 states and in many Canadian provinces. Retired from a public school teaching career, he pursues his passion for birding and travel while researching topics related to early American ornithology. He currently serves as treasurer of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) and for many years was a member of the championship Nikon/DVOC birding team (the Lagerhead Shrikes) that participated in New Jersey Audubon’s World Series of Birding. He co-authored, along with Jeff Holt, the "The Composite Prints of Audubon's Birds of America" and an article on Alexander Wilson and the Milestown School in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

   

 


Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Crystal Room


Evening Program: Pat and Clay Sutton on "How to Spot an Owl"Fri PM ($)  (details)

Evening Program: "How to Spot an Owl" with Pat and Clay Sutton

5:00pm - 6:15pm:  Social time with plentiful appetizers, cash bar
6:15pm - 8:00pm:  Welcome, special introductions and presentation

Pat and Clay Sutton have studied owls in the wild for over 40 years in the Cape May area, so famous for owl migration, and wherever they travel. In their program they share their fascination with owls and convey the excitement for searching for, understanding, and enjoying these illusive and mysterious creatures - just as they have in their book by the same title (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994, now out of print). Owling basics, owling on your own, various clues to follow-up, special places and habitats, helpful hints, and backyard owling will all be covered. Owling etiquette and how to spot owls without disturbing them is emphasized. Pat and Clay will remove some of the mystery of owl finding, while simultaneously conveying the excitement of searching for and studying these elusive nocturnal predators.  Bring your binocs... so you can find some of the hidden owls in the program.



Attendance at this event requires an additional fee of $25 for weekend or Friday registrants. Non-registrants are also invited at a fee of $35.  The cash bar and delicious appetizers will be available from 5:00 pm to approximately 6:30 pm, when the welcome, introductions and program begins, with some replenishment during and after the formal program.
Add to calendarFriday, May 19, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Grand Ballroom on the Ground Floor
$25.00


Saturday May 20

 


Saturday Daily Registration  
$65.00


Dawn Chorus and more in Belleplain State Forest Sat AM  (61 remaining)  (details)
Meet at the Center for Research and Education on Route 47, then carpool to the best early morning spot in Belleplain, approximately 10 minutes away. Experience the early morning cacaphony and work on your birding by ear skills - where the sounds of breeding warblers fill the air in Belleplain State Forest!

For many birders, at least one trip to Belleplain every spring is a “must.” The forest understory, featuring emerging wildflowers with blooming dogwood, followed by blooming mountain laurel and rhododendron, provides a colorful background for viewing the dozens of newly arriving passerines, returning from their winter homes in southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. In early May, the forest begins to ring with the songs of the Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, various woodpeckers, tanagers, cuckoos, and a variety of wood warblers, some of which are stopping in Belleplain before continuing their migration to more northerly nesting grounds.

Carpooling is required to keep the group together, thus enhancing your experience.  Please keep voices low, mute phones, close car doors gently, and DO NOT play bird song recordings. Rest rooms available.

Excellent leaders will guide you through identification of the many species present, but don't forget to just relax and take in the exceptional experience that is the Dawn Chorus - it's truly breathtaking to behold!




Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 5:30 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Leaves from the Center for Research and Education


Sat AM Leader's Choice with Tom Reed Trolley Trip($) (1 remaining)  (details)
Leader's Choice Trolley Trip with Tom Reed
This trip will start early from the Grand Hotel, and explore multiple locations that Tom Reed knows to be the best opportunities for a variety of birds in Cape May County.  Tom is a Cape May County native, avid birder, seasoned counter, record holder for the highest number of species seen in New Jersey in one year, and all around great guy.

This trolley trip is open to registrants only for $35 aboard the Great American Trolley.



Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Departs from the Grand Hotel
$35.00


Special Walk: Pete Dunne and Brett Ewald at the Meadows Sat AM ($), (0 remaining)  (details)
Join the legendary Pete Dunne and Cape May Bird Observatory's Program Director, Brett Ewald for a walk at the Meadows.  Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), this 200-acre refuge includes critical foraging and resting habitat for birds and wildlife.  The refuge is replete with dunes, freshwater wetlands, meadows, ponds, and a full mile of protected beach.  An excellent place to view gulls, terns, herons, egrets, shorebirds, bitterns, rails, and ducks.  Walking follows a 1-mile loop trail over a combination of hard dirt paths and sand.   
Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: So Cape May Meadows
$35.00


Sat 2 Hour Walks AM1  (details)
Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area • West End of New England Road (past 520 New England Road) • Lower Township/Cape May •

This property is owned and managed by the NJ Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife.  It is home to the largest stand of old growth forest south of the Cape May canal and famous for its dune forest, the last natural dune forest along the Delaware Bayshore.  Birds on their southward migration are funneled down the Cape May peninsula, directly into Higbee Beach WMA.   Comprised of fields, mature swamp forest, freshwater ponds and marsh and horse pastures, songbirds are often abundant here during spring and fall migration.  Walking is on open field trails and forest edges.


Rea Farm (The Beanery) • Located just past 607 Bayshore Road • West Cape May •
Known by birding locals as The Beanery, it is one of the last working farms on the bay side of the lower Cape May Peninsula.  This private property is leased by New Jersey Audubon and may only be accessed as part of our festival, by CMBO scheduled walks, or by permit which is included with current membership in New Jersey Audubon or Cape May Bird Observatory.  Bordering Pond Creek Marsh, this mix of wet woods, farm fields, weedy edges, and farm ponds, is crucial habitat for millions of warblers, passerines, finches, and sparrows.  Walking is along field edges and dirt paths.  Do not walk on planted or plowed fields, keep to designated paths.


Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area • 7 Shawmount Avenue • Villas • 
A preserved 253-acre former golf course with paved paths winding through former fairways, is now maintained as grasslands and savannahs, wooded copses, and a beautiful swamp forest along Cox Hall Creek.  Great habitat for Barred and Great Horned Owls, Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles, woodpeckers, and numerous waterfowl.  Considerable songbird fallouts have been seen in this area over the years.  Walking is on paved and woodland paths.  Residential area, please be considerate and park only in designated areas.


Hidden Valley • New England Road • West Cape May •
Part of the world-famous Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area, Hidden Valley section is a mix of varied habitats, from field edges to wetland woods.  This diversity is reflected in the array of birds we can encounter here, depending on the season, including sparrows, warblers, hawks, waterbirds, and even the possibility of an owl.  Meet at the small clamshell parking lot on the south side of New England Road, 0.3 miles west of the intersection with Bayshore Road. 


Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • Higbee Beach
  • Rea Farm
  • Cox Hall Creek
  • Hidden Valley


Birding By Impression with Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet Sat AM ($) (18 remaining)  (details)

Special Walk with Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet
Authors of Birding by Impression

Only on their home turf of Cape May can you join Kevin T. Karlson and Dale Rosselet and learn how to look at birds a little bit differently.  The co-authors of Birding by Impression are passionate about birds, bird ID and increasing people's enjoyment of natural spectacles.  You're sure to leave this Special Event an even better birder. Also great for beginning and novice birders!

This walk is open to a maximum of 25 Spring Festival registrants at an additional cost of $35.

Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park East Shelter
$35.00


Osprey Boat Trip Sat AM ($) (2 remaining)  (details)

A back bay adventure on The Osprey



A stable, roomy covered pontoon boat with both open and enclosed viewing areas, with panoramic sliding glass windows.  Enjoy close looks at a variety of waterfowl and marsh birds as you explore the coastal salt marsh from Cape May to Wildwood. No trip to Cape May is complete without a ride on the Osprey!  Free parking at the marina parking lot. Limit 30 participants.
Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


There's an App for That with David La Puma SAT am  (details)
There's an App for That: A presentation by Cape May Bird Observatory Director, David La Puma
Location: Classroom at the Center For Research and Education, 600 Rt. 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210


As our phones get smarter and smarter, the tools available to birders also get better and better. Come check out the latest in apps for birders in this informative and fun presentation. What apps will help you find birds? What about keeping your list? Taking notes? Recording sound? Capture the best photo? David has been using apps for birding for over a decade now and would love to share his favorites with you.


Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Center for Research and Education Classroom


SAT 2 Hour Walks AM2  (details)

Cape May Point State Park • 215 Lighthouse Avenue • Cape May Point •
A great vantage point for witnessing the spectacle of migrating hawks, eagles, and falcons, the Cape May Point State Park is without parallel in North America. More Peregrine Falcon and Osprey are tallied in each fall season than many birders will see in a lifetime. With a picturesque lighthouse, a network of clearly marked trails and boardwalks, beach, viewing platforms, covered picnic areas, and toilet facilities, it is the perfect spot to spend a day.  Walking is on trails, boardwalk, and beach. The Red Trail is a ½-mile wheel-chair accessible boardwalk trail.  The Yellow Trail is 1½ miles and covers different habitats including wetland marsh, coastal dune, and the beach.  The Blue Trail is 2 miles and continues off the Yellow Trail with a longer hike along the beach and coastal dune.


Belleplain State Forest • Parking area at 1 Henkinsifkin Road (off County Road 550) 
Woodbine, NJ 08270 • 

For many birders, at least one trip to Belleplain every spring is a “must.” The forest understory, featuring emerging wildflowers with blooming dogwood, followed by blooming mountain laurel and rhododendron, provides a colorful background for viewing the dozens of newly arriving passerines, returning from their winter homes in southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. In early May, the forest begins to ring with the songs of the Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, various woodpeckers, tanagers, cuckoos, and a variety of wood warblers, some of which are stopping in Belleplain before they continue their migration to more northerly nesting grounds.


Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • EZ Birding Cape May Point State Park
  • Trees of Belleplain


Break into Birding with Pete Dunne SAT AM  (details)
Beginning birders, or birders who might need a refresher, can join legendary Pete Dunne for some basics.  From choosing a field guide to finding the binocular that works for you, Pete will offer expert advice.  
Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Center for Research & Education


Spring Seabird Migration with Tom Reed. Sat AM  (details)
Learn about Cape May's latest monitoring program, the Spring Count at Coral Avenue, now in its third year. Based on the significant migration seen in the Fall from the Avalon Seawatch, Tom decided to take a closer look at the flip side of that spectacle, and it has become a ritual for many of the local birders to join him.
Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel: Crystal Room


Special Luncheon with Doug Tallamy, Author of Bringing Nature Home  (details)

A Chickadee’s Guide To Gardening

12 Noon: Luncheon Buffet Opens

12:30 p.m.: Opening remarks

12:45-2:00 p.m. – Presentation and Q & A

2:00-2:30 p.m. – Book signing

In the past we have designed our landscapes strictly for our own pleasure, with no thought to how they might impact the natural world around us.  Such landscapes do not contribute much to local ecosystem function and support little life. Using chickadees and other wildlife as guides, Tallamy will explain how plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. In the process he shows how creating living landscapes sharing by our spaces with other living things will not reduce our pleasurable garden experiences, but enhance them.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 85 research publications and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 34 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug is also a regular columnist for garden Design magazine. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.

After his presentation, some time will be set aside for Doug to sign his books.  If you don't already own a copy, you can purchase one at the Northwood Center, 701 East Lake Drive, in Cape May Point.



Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel: 1st Floor Ballroom
$25.00


Special Trolley Trip with Doug Tallamy & Pat Sutton ($) (0 remaining)  (details)

Trolley Tour of Spring Wildlife Gardens with Doug Tallamy and Pat Sutton

Tour spring wildlife gardens to see native plants in action benefitting wildlife and see different landscape designs utilizing native plants.  Learn from the masters about the key role native plants play in the future of life for birds, pollinators, butterflies and moths, and us!  Tour includes the native plant sale at the Nature Center of Cape May.  Trolley tour begins and ends at the Grand Hotel.

 

Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 2:45 PM - 5:15 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: meet in Lobby of Grand Hotel
$50.00


Shorebird Express Trolley Trip with Glen Davis Sat PM ($) (0 remaining)  (details)
Shorebird Express Trolley Trip with Glen Davis
This trip will start and end at the Grand Hotel, and explore 4-5 outstanding shorebird viewing locations in Cape May County. We will go where the birds are so expect to visit multiple famous shorebird locations on the Delaware Bay, Atlantic Coast, or both, during this bird-filled trolley ride!  

This trolley trip is open to registrants only for $35 aboard the Great American Trolley.



Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Departs from Grand Hotel
$35.00


Sat 2 Hour Walks PM1  (details)
The Nature Conservancy • South Cape May Meadows (aka The Meadows) • Located across from 617 Sunset Blvd. (near intersection of Routes 606 & 607) • Cape May •
Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), this 200 acre refuge includes critical foraging and resting habitat for birds and wildlife. The preserve’s loop trail is replete with dunes, freshwater wetlands, meadows, ponds, and a full mile of protected beach.  An excellent place to view gulls, terns, herons, egrets, shorebirds, bitterns, rails, and ducks.  Walking follows a 1-mile loop trail over a combination of hard dirt paths and sand.


Heislerville Wildlife Management Area •
 Cumberland County • 
Matt’s Landing Rd. leads into the Heislerville Wildlife Management Area and offers scenic views of salt water impoundments, the Maurice River, and large mudflats that provide varied habitat for wading birds, shorebirds and waterfowl.  In Spring Heislerville is teeming with shorebirds and provides one of the best opportunities to uncover something unexpected, like Curlew Sandpiper! Meet at the clamshell parking area at the end of Matt’s Landing Road near Heislerville, next to the impoundment and across from the marina.

Stone Harbor Point • Parking area at the end of Second Ave. at 122nd Street • Stone Harbor
In 2015, Stone Harbor Point was subject of an extensive habitat restoration project to attract beach nesting birds. It is a wonderful spot from which to view fall shorebird, seabird and songbird migration.  Neighboring Nummy Island holds a rich saltmarsh is one of the best spots to observe Clapper rails, herons and egrets, American Oystercatchers, Ospreys, Black Skimmers, terns and Seaside Sparrows, and to enjoy mudflats teeming with migrant shorebirds.  If time allows, participants will get to see a bit of both.

Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • The Meadows
  • Heislerville WMA
  • Stone Harbor and surroundings


Kevin Karlson: Shooting Outside the Box 

Bring your photos on a thumb drive or your computer and get some critical commentary.
 (details)
Shooting Outside the Box: Taking Your Creative Photo Skills to the Next Level – A Special Interactive Workshop

Are you curious about what separates the special photos from all the others in a judge’s mind during a photo contest? In today’s world of super equipment and instructional workshops, it takes a unique photo to stand out in a crowd. In the first half hour of this workshop, Kevin shares his experience as a judge and what makes a photo stand out among hundreds of others, and then offers some photo tips that need to be followed if your images are to move to the next level of creativity and interest.

The rest of the program is spent viewing images from the participants and discussing what we think could have been done to make it a better photo (bring 3 jpeg images on a thumb drive, with at least 900 pixels in the largest dimension). Kevin hopes to emphasize the value of each photographer’s artistic vision and input, and how we can put more feeling into our images while still maintaining some basic compositional requirements. This is a new workshop inspired by the countless similar images that Kevin sees each year, with a desire to promote more creativity in nature and wildlife photography circles. Don’t miss this special event.

 




Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Crystal Room


Cape May Sunset Experiences Sat PM  (details)
 The Meadows (The Nature Conservancy • South Cape May Meadows)

Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), this 200 acre refuge includes critical foraging and resting habitat for birds and wildlife. The trail is replete with dunes, freshwater wetlands, meadows, ponds, and a full mile of protected beach.  An excellent place to view gulls, terns, herons, egrets, shorebirds, bitterns, rails, and ducks.  Walking follows a 1-mile loop trail over a combination of hard dirt paths and sand. Evening walks have chances for nighthawks, rails, night herons, owls, and all manner of waders coming in to roost for the evening.


Cook's Beach, Cape May Court House, NJ, off of Route 47 at mile marker 11.2
Cook's Beach hosts hundreds to tens of thousands of shorebirds each fall and as the tide rises birds get pushed to the coastline where they are easily viewed. Join us for an immersion into the world of shorebird migration at this great spot. Gulls, terns, herons, and eagles are also expected here and don't forget the Horseshoe Crab! Given the date and the tide there should be many here to view.

Sunset Beach at the west end of Sunset Boulevard
Meet us to scan the ocean for a variety of seabirds and look for shorebirds (possible Purple Sandpipers lingering on the world-famous, WWI sunken concrete ship), check out the coastal dune vegetation, nightly sunset flag ceremony, beachcomb a few Cape May diamonds, and....it's not called Sunset Beach for nothing!  Don't forget your camera.



Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: various:
  • Sunset at the Meadows
  • Sunset at Cook's Beach for Shorebirds & Horseshoe Crabs
  • Sunset at Sunset Beach


Sunset on The Osprey Sat PM ($) (1 remaining)  (details)

Sunset on The Osprey


A stable, roomy covered pontoon boat with both open and enclosed viewing areas, with panoramic sliding glass windows.  Enjoy close looks at a variety of waterfowl and marsh birds as you explore the coastal salt marsh from Cape May to Wildwood. No trip to Cape May is complete without a ride on the Osprey!  Free parking at the marina parking lot. Limit 30 participants.
Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


Overnight Pelagic ($) (40 remaining)  (details)

Overnight Pelagic Trip


Time: Saturday, 9:30 pm to Sunday, 5:00 pm

Leaders: Paul Guris of Sea LIfe Paulagics, David La Puma, Tom Reed and others

9:30 pm Saturday to 5:00 pm Sunday, departing Utsch's Marina

 

Description: This overnight pelagic will depart from Utsch's Marina in Cape May and travel to the edge of the Continental Shelf. We cruise through the night out to these deep 3,000-6,000 foot deep waters and arrive before sunrise. When we arrive, we will set up a chum slick and by dawn we should have already attracted birds to the boat. Once we've felt we've sat with the slick long enough, we will work our way up to find if there are any birds hanging out beyond our sight. As we work our way inshore, we hope to find commercial fishing boats in shallower water on our return trip to see what they have attracted. If we find gulls, we'll attempt to keep a flock behind the boat with chum to attract other birds.Target species are Wilson’s and Leach’s Storm-petrels, Northern Fulmar, Cory’s, Great, Sooty, and Manx Shearwater, Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, South Polar Skua, Arctic Tern, Red and Red-necked Phalarope. On some of the past trips we've also had some warm water birds like Black-capped Petrel, Audubon's Shearwater, and Bridled Tern.

This trip costs $215 for both registrants and partial registrants. Do not do a three-day registration if you are taking this trip. If the trip is cancelled due to weather, there will be time for you to register for the day on Sunday and participate in the day's activities, based on availability.

Sleeping arrangements are basically camping on the boat. You may be sleeping on the floor or bench inside of the cabin or on the floor of the upper deck. People are boarded in the order they signed up so those who sign up earliest get their choice of sleeping spaces. Bring a ground pad, sleeping bag, and pillow (or something that can be used as a pillow). If you're upstairs you may wish to wrap your sleeping bag in a tarp to ward off condensation and spray. We also recommend an eye mask and ear plugs for a better night's sleep.

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Add to calendarSaturday, May 20, 2017 9:30 PM - Sunday, May 21, 2017 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: American Star at Utsch's Marina
$215.00


Sunday May 21

 


Sunday Daily Registration  (details)
The $65 Daily Registration does not include the Pelagic Excursion. If you wish to take the Pelagic, click on that option ($125) and do not click on Sunday Daily Registration.
$65.00


Dawn Chorus and More in Belleplain State Forest Sun AM  (details)

Dawn Chorus and More at Belleplain State Forest

Meet at the Center for Research and Education on Route 47, then carpool to the best early morning spot in Belleplain, approximately 10 minutes away. Experience the early morning cacaphony and work on your birding by ear skills - where the sounds of breeding warblers fill the air in Belleplain State Forest!

For many birders, at least one trip to Belleplain every spring is a “must.” The forest understory, featuring emerging wildflowers with blooming dogwood, followed by blooming mountain laurel and rhododendron, provides a colorful background for viewing the dozens of newly arriving passerines, returning from their winter homes in southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. In early May, the forest begins to ring with the songs of the Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, various woodpeckers, tanagers, cuckoos, and a variety of wood warblers, some of which are stopping in Belleplain before continuing their migration to more northerly nesting grounds.

NOTE: Carpooling is required to keep the group together, thus enhancing your experience.  Please keep voices low, mute phones, close car doors gently, and DO NOT play bird song recordings. Rest rooms available.

Excellent leaders will guide you through identification of the many species present, but don't forget to just relax and take in the exceptional experience that is the Dawn Chorus - it's truly breathtaking to behold!



Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 5:30 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Leaves from the Center for Research and Education


Leader's Choice Trolley Tour with Mark Garland Sun AM ($) (8 remaining)  (details)
Leader's Choice Trolley Trip with Mark Garland

Join world traveler, phenomenal naturalist, outstanding birder, and Cape May local, Mark Garland on a quest for the best birding of the morning in Cape May County!

This trip will start early from the Grand Hotel, and explore 4-5 outstanding birding viewing locations in Cape May County. We will go where the birds are so expect to visit multiple sites during this bird-filled trolley ride. 

This trolley trip is open to registrants only for $35 aboard the Great American Trolley.



Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Departs from the Grand Hotel
$35.00


SUN 2 Hour Walks AM1  (details)
Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area • West End of New England Road (past 520 New England Road) • Lower Township/Cape May •
This property is owned and managed by the NJ Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife.  It is home to the largest stand of old growth forest south of the Cape May canal and famous for its dune forest, the last natural dune forest along the Delaware Bayshore.  Birds on their southward migration are funneled down the Cape May peninsula, directly into Higbee Beach WMA.   Comprised of fields, mature swamp forest, freshwater ponds and marsh and horse pastures, songbirds are often abundant here during spring and fall migration.  Walking is on open field trails and forest edges.

The Nature Conservancy • South Cape May Meadows (aka The Meadows) • Located across from 617 Sunset Blvd. (near intersection of Routes 606 & 607) • Cape May •
Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), this 200 acre refuge includes critical foraging and resting habitat for birds and wildlife. The preserve’s loop trail is replete with dunes, freshwater wetlands, meadows, ponds, and a full mile of protected beach.  An excellent place to view gulls, terns, herons, egrets, shorebirds, bitterns, rails, and ducks.  Walking follows a 1-mile loop trail over a combination of hard dirt paths and sand.

Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area • 7 Shawmount Avenue • Villas • 
A preserved 253-acre former golf course with paved paths winding through former fairways, is now maintained as grasslands and savannahs, wooded copses, and a beautiful swamp forest along Cox Hall Creek.  Great habitat for Barred and Great Horned Owls, Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles, woodpeckers, and numerous waterfowl.  Considerable songbird fallouts have been seen in this area over the years.  Walking is on paved and woodland paths.  Residential area, please be considerate and park only in designated areas.

Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • Higbee Beach
  • The Meadows
  • Cox Hall Creek WMA


SUN 2 Hour Walks AM2  (details)

Cape May Point State Park • 215 Lighthouse Avenue • Cape May Point •
A great vantage point for witnessing the spectacle of migrating hawks, eagles, and falcons, the Cape May Point State Park is without parallel in North America. More Peregrine Falcon and Osprey are tallied in each fall season than many birders will see in a lifetime. With a picturesque lighthouse, a network of clearly marked trails and boardwalks, beach, viewing platforms, covered picnic areas, and toilet facilities, it is the perfect spot to spend a day.  Walking is on trails, boardwalk, and beach. The Red Trail is a ½-mile wheel-chair accessible boardwalk trail.  The Yellow Trail is 1½ miles and covers different habitats including wetland marsh, coastal dune, and the beach.  The Blue Trail is 2 miles and continues off the Yellow Trail with a longer hike along the beach and coastal dune.

Belleplain State Forest • Parking area at 1 Henkinsifkin Road (off County Road 550) Woodbine, NJ 08270 • 
For many birders, at least one trip to Belleplain every spring is a “must.” The forest understory, featuring emerging wildflowers with blooming dogwood, followed by blooming mountain laurel and rhododendron, provides a colorful background for viewing the dozens of newly arriving passerines, returning from their winter homes in southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. In early May, the forest begins to ring with the songs of the Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, various woodpeckers, tanagers, cuckoos, and a variety of wood warblers, some of which are stopping in Belleplain before they continue their migration to more northerly nesting grounds.   This walk will focus on tree identification and the ecology of Belleplain State Forest.  Yes, there will be birds.

The Nature Conservancy • South Cape May Meadows (aka The Meadows) • Located across from 617 Sunset Blvd. (near intersection of Routes 606 & 607) • Cape May • 
Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), this 200 acre refuge includes critical foraging and resting habitat for birds and wildlife. The preserve’s loop trail is replete with dunes, freshwater wetlands, meadows, ponds, and a full mile of protected beach.  An excellent place to view gulls, terns, herons, egrets, shorebirds, bitterns, rails, and ducks.  Walking follows a 1-mile loop trail over a combination of hard dirt paths and sand.

 


Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • EZ Birding State Park
  • The Trees of Belleplain
  • Cape May Meadows Birding and History


Gardening for Wildlife Sun AM  (details)
Gardening for Wildlife
Join Nature Center of Cape May Director Gretchen Whitman for some expert advice on planting for birds and butterflies.  Enjoy a tour of the center garden; start your own garden, or add to it, from the center's Wildlife Friendly Plant Sale.

Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Nature Center of Cape May


Monarch Butterflies with Mark Garland Sun AM  (details)
Monarch Butterflies with Mark Garland:
Discover the work of the CMBO Monarch Monitoring Project and learn about the remarkable multi-generational migratory cycle of monarch butterflies.  Virtually all of the monarch butterflies found east of the Rocky Mountains in the US and Canada migrate to the mountains of central Mexico in the autumn.  Here they cluster by the millions in just a few small patches of mountain forest within the Transvolcanic Mountain Range, west of Mexico City.  Mark Garland, Director of the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project, has visited three of the Reserves where astounding numbers of wintering monarch butterflies may be seen.  Mark will weave the wonders of this remarkable migrant as only Mark can.  A number of monarchs tagged in Cape May over the years have been seen in Mexico!  NJ Audubon is sponsoring a trip to see the monarchs in Mexico in February, 2018, and details of this trip will be shared.

                 
Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Crystal Room, Grand Hotel


Osprey Boat Trip SUN AM ($) (0 remaining)  (details)

A back bay adventure on The Osprey



A stable, roomy covered pontoon boat with both open and enclosed viewing areas, with panoramic sliding glass windows.  Enjoy close looks at a variety of waterfowl and marsh birds as you explore the coastal salt marsh from Cape May to Wildwood. No trip to Cape May is complete without a ride on the Osprey!  Free parking at the marina parking lot. Limit 30 participants.
Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


Shorebird Express Trolley Trip with Brett Ewald Sun PM ($) (9 remaining)  (details)
Shorebird Express Trolley Trip with Brett Ewald, CMBO Program Director
This trip will start and end at the Grand Hotel, and explore 4-5 outstanding shorebird viewing locations in Cape May County. We will go where the birds are, so expect to visit multiple famous shorebird locations on the Delaware Bay, Atlantic Coast, or both, during this bird-filled trolley ride! 

This trolley trip is open to registrants only for $35 aboard the Great American Trolley.



Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Departs from Grand Hotel
$35.00


Pat Sutton and The Wildlife Gardener, Josh Nemeth, Trolley Trip: Visit Wildlife Habitats Sun PM ($) (16 remaining)  (details)
Pat Sutton and The Wildlife Gardener, Josh Nemeth, Trolley Trip: Visit Wildlife Habitats
Departs from the Center for Research & Education, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House

Join Pat Sutton and The Wildlife Gardener, Josh Nemeth, to visit sites rich in native plants and enjoy birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and more with two key players in wildlife habitat gardening.  Trolley tour begins and ends at the Research & Education Center.  It's a great trip to end your weekend if you are headed north.


This trolley trip is open to registrants only for $35 aboard the Great American Trolley.

Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Center for Research & Education
$35.00


Osprey Boat Trip SUN PM ($) (21 remaining)  (details)

A back bay adventure on The Osprey



A stable, roomy covered pontoon boat with both open and enclosed viewing areas, with panoramic sliding glass windows.  Enjoy close looks at a variety of waterfowl and marsh birds as you explore the coastal salt marsh from Cape May to Wildwood. No trip to Cape May is complete without a ride on the Osprey!  Free parking at the marina parking lot. Limit 30 participants.
Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


2 Hour Walks Sun PM  (details)
The Nature Conservancy • South Cape May Meadows (aka The Meadows) • Located across from 617 Sunset Blvd. (near intersection of Routes 606 & 607) • Cape May •  Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), this 200 acre refuge includes critical foraging and resting habitat for birds and wildlife. The preserve’s loop trail is replete with dunes, freshwater wetlands, meadows, ponds, and a full mile of protected beach.  An excellent place to view gulls, terns, herons, egrets, shorebirds, bitterns, rails, and ducks.  Walking follows a 1-mile loop trail over a combination of hard dirt paths and sand.

Heislerville Wildlife Management Area •
Cumberland County •
Matt’s Landing Rd. leads into the Heislerville Wildlife Management Area and offers scenic views of salt water impoundments, the Maurice River, and large mudflats that provide varied habitat for wading birds, shorebirds and waterfowl.  In Spring Heislerville is teeming with shorebirds and provides one of the best opportunities to uncover something unexpected, like Curlew Sandpiper! Meet at the clamshell parking area at the end of Matt’s Landing Road near Heislerville, next to the impoundment and across from the marina. 




Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • The Meadows
  • Heislerville


Shorebird ID for Beginners with Dale Rosselet & Kevin Karlson Sun PM  (details)

SHOREBIRD ID FOR BEGINNERS with Dale Rosselet and Kevin Karlson

Are you perplexed by "peeps"? Do you languish over yellowlegs; greater vs. lesser? Does your head spin when you attempt to identify dowitchers? If so, this indoor presentation is for YOU! Come join the couple who wrote the book Birding by Impression and get the tips to jumpstart your shorebird ID. The best part? Everything you learn can be applied to any other bird in the field!
Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO Center for Research & Education


Birding "Brig": Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Sun PM  (details)
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 46,000 acres of coastal habitat, mostly salt marsh interspersed with shallow coves and bays along a 8-mile drive through a series of fresh, brackish, and saltwater wetlands. Ducks, geese, herons, bitterns, rails, a variety of shorebirds, and other water birds use refuge ponds and marshes for feeding and resting. Northern Harrier and Peregrine Falcon both breed here.

Directions
Garden State Parkway Southbound
The refuge is easily accessed using Parkway Exit 48. You will exit onto US Route 9 South. The refuge entrance is at the 3rd traffic light (Great Creek Road). Turn left on Great Creek Road, which ends at the Refuge. 

Garden State Parkway Northbound
Use Parkway Exit 41. This exit is for Pomona, Galloway, and Stockton University. At the bottom of the exit ramp, you will come to a traffic light. This is County Route 561 (Jimmie Leeds Road). Turn right onto Jimmie Leeds Road (Route 561 North). Follow Jimmie Leeds Road to the traffic light at US Route 9. (Jimmie Leeds Road ends at this intersection.) Turn left onto US Route 9 North. The next traffic light is at intersection of US Route 9 and Great Creek Road. Turn right onto Great Creek Road and follow it to the refuge entrance.

Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge: Brigantine Unit


Horseshoe Crab Experience Sun PM  (details)
Horseshoe Crab Experience
This workshop will bring you up close and personal with the amazing horseshoe crab.  You will begin in the classroom at the Nature Center of Cape May, for an educational program that includes NCCM's touch tanks.  The indoor portion will be followed by a trip to a local viewing site, most likely Norbury's Landing, where conditions should be optimal for viewing as the tide will be incoming.  You will need to provide your own transportation or carpool.

 Photo below by Phil Witt, taking during the 2015 Spring Festival


Add to calendarSunday, May 21, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Nature Center of Cape May


 

Contact Information

  • If you have questions, please contact Deb Shaw, deb.shaw@njaudubon.org or 609-400-3836.

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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