2017 Cape May Fall Festival

Cape May, New Jersey
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Select registrant type:
Registrant: I plan to register for one or more days, and want to have access to all activities
Although not required, it is very helpful if you choose your field trips in advance. That way we can plan for the best leader/participant ratio possible. Please note: registration fees increase October 2, 2017  


3-DAY PASS ($200 after October 1st)  (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 pay $175 for all three!  Note that fees increase on October 2, 2017. 

Through October 1:
3-day pass $175
Individual day passes: $65/day

Starting October 2:
3-day pass $200
Individual day passes: $75/day
  • $175.00 (Standard)
  • $200.00 (Late)


I prefer to pay for individual days ($65 through Oct 1st, $75 after)  (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 at a rate of $65 per day through October 1st, and $75 per day starting October 2.


Festival Kickoff Party  

Festival Kickoff Social with Live Music!
Note: you must be registered for one or more days of the festival to attend this event
 (details)

Festival Kickoff Party with Live Music at the Rusty Nail


Sponsored by KOWA!

Come join your fellow birders as we kick off the 2017 Cape May Fall Festival with free appetizers for festival participants, a cash bar, and live music.  Please let us know you are coming so we have a proper headcount.

                              


Add to calendarThursday, October 19, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)


Friday October 20

 

Friday Daily Registration  (details)
Note that fees increase on October 2, 2017. 

Through October 1:
3-day pass $175
Individual day passes: $65/day

Starting October 2:
3-day pass $200
Individual day passes: $75/day
  • $65.00 (Standard)
  • $75.00 (Late)


Friday Trolley Trip: Cape May Triple Play with David La Puma (3 remaining)  (details)

Trolley Trip Cape May Triple Play


Time:  6:30 am -- Noon

Leader: David La Puma
Description: Hop on the trolley with CMBO Director David La Puma, and visit each of the three stationary migration count sites: The Morning Flight Songbird Count, Cape May Hawkwatch, and Avalon Seawatch. David will guide you through what we're doing to keep our finger on the pulse of migration in the region, and point out the great birds that are flying by along the way! This is a surefire way to see many species in several great habitats, and learn about the science behind our conservation at New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory.

Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $40




Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Departs from the Grand Hotel
$40.00


Friday Trolley Trip: Leader's Choice with Michael O'Brien and Louise Zemaitis (0 remaining)  (details)

Friday Leader's Choice Trolley Trip

Time: 7:30 - 11:30am

Leaders: Michael O'Brien & Louise Zemaitis
Description: Where will this magical mystery tour take you? Only time will tell! Michael and Louise know Cape May like the back of their hands, and they should; they live here! Join them on trolley with large windows as they take you to their favorite fall hotspots across one of the most significant fall migration locations in the world!


Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $35


Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Departs from Grand Hotel
$35.00


Friday - 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.

Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area
• 7 Shawmont 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.

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.





Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • Higbee Beach
  • Rea Farm
  • Cox Hall Creek


Friday Photography Session: Birds in Flight with Jay Packer of Tropical Birding Tours (25 remaining)  (details)

Photography Session: Birds in Flight

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 am

Location: Cape May - Lewes Ferry Terminal
Speaker:
Jay Packer of Tropical Birding Tours
Description: Join expert and international traveler, Jay Packer of Tropical Birding for some insights specific to capturing birds in flight. Bring your camera! The Ferry Terminal is an ideal spot for this as there are many birds, especially gulls in relatively close proximity. Then plan to join Jay on Saturday afternoon for indoor sessions on techniques and photo processing.  

Limit:  Limited to 40 Participants  





Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May - Lewes Ferry Terminal


Friday Cape May Meadows: Birding and History with Bert Filemyr  (details)

The Meadows: Birding and History

Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon

Location: South Cape May Meadows
Leader
: Bert Filemyr
Description:

At one time what we know as the Meadows was a beach front community known as South Cape May. There probably were about 40 structures in the community but streets were laid out for many more. The current walking paths, the east path and the west path, follow closely the 9th and 13th streets laid out in the original plot plan. During the walk, Bert will talk on the changing environment of the meadows, human development on the property, present location of houses saved from South Cape May, etc. including information on the old trolley line, the Light of Asia, beach front erosion, present ownership, etc.


Limit:  Limited to 40 Participants  

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 calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: South Cape May Meadows


Friday 2 Hour Walks - AM2  (details)

Cape May Point State Park • 215 Lighthouse Avenue • Cape May Point •
Meet in the East Shelter on the far right of the parking lot next to the Hawkwatch platform. 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.

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.
 
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.

Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • EZ Birding CM Point State Park
  • Stone Harbor
  • Rea Farm


Friday AM Skimmer Salt Marsh Safari Trip (0 remaining)  (details)

Birding by boat on the Skimmer Saltmarsh Safari
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 noon
Cape May Inlet Marina, 1001 Ocean Drive, Wildwood Crest.

Description: From the serious birder to the non-birding companion, the Skimmer Saltmarsh Safari has something for everyone! Fantastic natural history, a touch-tank on board, and plenty of wildlife viewing including fish, crustaceans, shellfish, marine mammals, plant life, tidal flows and, of course, lots of birds! You won't want to miss this intimate trip across the marsh.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled 10am departure time.

Limit: Limited to 17 participants
Cost: $25


Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Inlet Marina
$25.00


Friday AM Osprey Boat Trip (3 remaining)  (details)

A Back Bay Adventure on The Osprey

Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm

Description: 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.

 Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled 10am departure time.
Limit: Limited to 30 participants.  
Cost: $30



Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


1:00 PM Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall  (details)
Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall
Time: 1:00 to 1:45 PM
Description: See Jonathan Wood from The Raptor Project and his live raptors at Convention Hall.  See live raptors up close, as Jonathan talks about each one.  See some of them fly!  Bring your cameras!
After the show, visit our many vendors, including arts and crafts, gifts, clothing, optics and a scavenger hunt for the kids.




Friday Break Into Birding with Pete Dunne (2 remaining)  (details)

Break Into Birding with Pete Dunne

Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm

Leader: Pete Dunne
Description: Meet Pete Dunne in the classroom of the Cape May Point State Park to learn the basics of birdwatching.  You'll discover how to get the most out of your field guide and optics.  You'll learn how to find birds and identify them using all the hints and clues birds are offering.  It's a class for absolute beginners, backyard birders who want to expand their horizon, and birders whose skills have grown a bit rusty.

Limit: Limited to 60 participants


Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Classroom Cape May Point State Park


Friday - Sparrow ID Workshop with Michael O'Brien (8 remaining)  (details)
Sparrow ID Workshop with Michael O'Brien
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Meet in the classroom of the Nature Center of Cape May at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May for an enlightening session on Sparrow ID.  Because of their skulking, skittish habits, good views of sparrows are often hard to come by.  Learn how focusing on size, shape, behavior and general color patterns can resolve the identification of even briefly-seen birds as they fly away.
Limit: 48
Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Nature Center of Cape May Classroom


Friday Hawk ID Master Class (15 remaining)  (details)

Hawk ID Master Class

Time: 1:00 - 3:30pm

We're setting up bleachers for an outdoor classroom on Stevens Street adjacent to the Rea Farm for this special session on hawk identification.

Limited to 50 participants





Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Bleachers on Stevens Street, West Cape May


Friday PM Osprey Boat Trip (2 remaining)  (details)

A back bay adventure on The Osprey
Time: 1:30 - 4:00pm
Location:  Miss Chris Marina, 1281 Wilson Drive, Cape May.

Leaders: Various Associate Naturalists
Description: 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.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled 1:30pm departure time.

Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $30



Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


Friday - 2 Hour Walk at the Meadows  (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.
Limit: 50
Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: South Cape May Meadows Sunset Boulevard


Friday Waterbird ID Master Class  (details)

Waterbird ID Master Class

Time: 2:00 - 4:30pm
Location:  Avalon Seawatch, beachfront between 8th & 9th Streets, Avalon

Leaders: Various CMBO Associate Naturalists
Description: At New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, we're keeping our finger on the pulse of migration through the Cape May region. This Master Class will take you deeper into the identification of the numerous species we count at our annual Avalon Seawatch.  The town of Avalon has sponsored bleachers for participants to sit and spend time with our experts for in the field ID training.
Limit: 40


Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Avalon Seawatch Bleachers


2:30 PM Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall  (details)
Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall
Time: 2:30 to 3:15 PM
Description: See Jonathan Wood from The Raptor Project and his live raptors at Convention Hall.  See live raptors up close, as Jonathan talks about each one.  See some of them fly!  Bring your cameras!
After the show, visit our many vendors, including arts and crafts, gifts, clothing, optics and a scavenger hunt for the kids.



Friday Birding by Impression for Beginners with Dale Rosselet (14 remaining)  (details)
Birding by Impression for Beginners with Dale Rosselet
Friday, October 20
2:30 - 4:00 PM

Meet Dale Rosselet, co-author of Birding By Impression, in the classroom of the Cape May Point State Park, and learn how to look at birds a little bit differently.  Passionate about birds, bird ID and increasing people's enjoyment of natural spectacles, Dale's insights will guarantee you leave this session a better birder.
Limit: 35
Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Classroom Cape May Point State Park


Bird and Nature Photography with Scott Whittle (1 remaining)  (details)
Bird and Nature Photography with Scott Whittle
Friday, October 20
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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. With any luck, the afternoon light will present some interesting opportunities. You may wish to attend Scott's indoor program on Saturday afternoon, "Learning Bird Sounds" at the Grand Hotel.

Limit: 20
Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Point State Park


Friday - Crying Wolf: The Proper Use of Playback with George Armistead (26 remaining)  (details)
Crying Wolf: The Proper Use of Playback with George Armistead of Rockjumper Tours
3:00 - 4:00 PM

Meet George in the classroom of the Nature Center of Cape May at 1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May to learn about this interesting and somewhat controversial topic of using audio to find birds in the field.
Limit: 35
Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Nature Center of Cape May Classroom


Friday 4:00 PM Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall  (details)
Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall
Time: 4:00 to 4:45 PM
Description: See Jonathan Wood from The Raptor Project and his live raptors at Convention Hall.  See live raptors up close, as Jonathan talks about each one.  See some of them fly!  Bring your cameras!
After the show, visit our many vendors, including arts and crafts, gifts, clothing, optics and a scavenger hunt for the kids.



Friday - NJ Audubon Annual Meeting with CEO Eric Stiles 
Friday, October 20, 2017 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location:Ballroom A, Grand Hotel of Cape May
 (details)

New Jersey Audubon Annual Member Meeting



Open to all New Jersey Audubon members in good standing. Presented by Eric Stiles, President & CEO, and Randy Jones, Board Chair.


Friday Keynote - Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson on their new book, Birds of Prey  (details)

Evening Program: Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson on their new book, Birds of Prey

5:00 - 5:45 pm - Cash Bar
5:45 - 6:30 pm - Casual Buffet Dinner (tables will be called)
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Welcome and Program, followed by book signing


Description: Join Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson as they walk us through their visually stunning and widely acclaimed book BIRDS OF PREY, a contemporary and comprehensive review of this celebrated bird group.

Weaving historical accounts with personal anecdotes and the latest in scientific discoveries, this insightful and highly visual tribute to the hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures of North America is the fruit of two lifetimes in the field and thousands of hours behind the view finders of North America's finest raptor photographers. The next day, you will go to the hawkwatch at Cape May Point State Park armed with fresh insights and be more bonded than ever to the birds that have for centuries figured in our literature, religions, language and lore. What better place to learn about raptors than "The Raptor Capital of North America," Cape May, New Jersey.

Pete and Kevin will be available for book signing both before and after the program.  It is recommended that you purchase your copy in advance at either the Northwood Center or Convention Hall.

Cost: $30 Registrants
         $40 for Non-registrants
         




Add to calendarFriday, October 20, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom, Grand Hotel
$30.00


Saturday October 21

 

Saturday Daily Registration  (details)
Note that fees increase on October 2, 2017. 

Through October 1:
3-day pass $175
Individual day passes: $65/day

Starting October 2:
3-day pass $200
Individual day passes: $75/day
  • $65.00 (Standard)
  • $75.00 (Late)


Saturday Cape May Triple Play Trolley Trip with Tom Reed (0 remaining)  (details)

Cape May Triple Play Trolley Trip

Time: 6:30 am to 12 noon
Leader: Tom Reed
Description: Hop on the trolley with local birder extraordinaire Tom Reed, and visit each of the three stationary migration count sites: The Morning Flight Songbird Count at the Higbee dike, Cape May Hawkwatch, and Avalon Seawatch. As a previous counter at each site, Tom will guide you through what we're doing to keep our finger on the pulse of migration in the region, and point out the great birds that are flying by along the way! This is a surefire way to see many species in several great habitats, and learn about the science behind our conservation at New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory.

This trip has been extended to allow more time at each viewing location. Although you will be more off the trolley than on it, the seating on the trolley is wooden so folks with sensitive derrieres may wish to bring a stadium cushion.
 


Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $40



Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Leaves from the Grand Hotel
$40.00


Saturday Leader's Choice Trolley Trip: Richard Crossley (2 remaining)  (details)

Leader's Choice Trolley Trip

Time: 7:30 - 10:30am

Leader: Richard Crossley
Description: Richard's goal on this trip will be to increase your knowledge of and appreciation for Waterfowl, which he celebrates in his newest Crossley ID Guide, which becomes available in September 2017. You will look for freshwater and sea ducks, dabblers and divers.  This trip is one hour shorter than the other two Leader's choice trips, as Richard has a booth at Convention Hall this year, where you can pick up your copy of the Waterfowl guide and his other Crossley ID Guides, Eastern Birds and Raptors. 


Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $35



Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Departs from Grand Hotel
$35.00


Saturday AM1 - 2 Hour Walks  (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.

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 Shawmont 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 with 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 the area over the years.  Walking is on paved paths and woodland paths.  Residential area adjacent; please be considerate and park only in designated areas.

Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • Higbee Beach
  • The Meadows
  • Rea Farm
  • Cox Hall Creek


Saturday Photography Session: Birds in Flight with Jay Packer of Tropical Birding Tours (18 remaining)  (details)

Photography Session: Birds in Flight

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 am

Speaker: Jay Packer of Tropical Birding Tours
Description: Join expert and international traveler, Jay Packer of Tropical Birding for some insights specific to capturing birds in flight. Bring your camera! The Ferry Terminal is an ideal spot for this as there are many birds, especially gulls in relatively close proximity. Then plan to join Jay in the afternoon for indoor sessions on techniques and photo processing.  





Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May - Lewes Ferry Terminal


Saturday Exlusive Opportunity to Watch Hawks with Keynotes Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson (3 remaining)  (details)

Special Event: Watch Hawks with our Keynotes Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson

Time: 10:00am to 12 Noon

Leaders: Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson
Description: 

We're setting up an alternate site for hawkwatching at the Rea Farm on Stephens Street. Locals know that the former lima bean farm fields are warm spots that create small thermals and draw migrating hawks to the area. With the right winds, there can be quite a show. Birds or not, you are bound to pick up some ID tips and a few good stories from Pete and Kevin, and see just how quickly a couple of hours of hawkwatching goes by!
Limit: Limited to 40 participants
Cost: $50

Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: The Bleachers at Stevens Street
$50.00


Saturday Exclusive Opportunity to Bird the US Coast Guard Training Center (0 remaining)  (details)

Exclusive Opportunity to Bird the US Coast Guard Station

Time: 10:00am to 12 Noon
Location:  1 Munro Avenue, just past the Nature Center of Cape May

Leaders: Chris Hajduk and Jacob Cuomo
Description: The Coast Guard Station is situated on some prime habitat on Cape Island and access is extremely limited. Be one of the small group to explore this little paradise, which includes maritime forest, beach, dunes, fields and juniper stands. This trip is open to registrants only and is limited to 15 participants. It will fill up fast so register ASAP!



PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED AND NAME MUST MATCH THAT ON THE REGISTRATION FORM. YOUR NAME WILL BE PROVIDED TO THE USCG ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE. THERE CAN BE NO CHANGES OR SUBSTITUTIONS TO THE WALK LIST WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE WALK.

Limit: Limited to 15 participants
Cost: $35

Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: USCG, 1 Munro Ave.
$35.00


Saturday Hawks in Autumn - an ID Workshop with Pete Bacinski  (details)

Hawks in Autumn - an ID Workshop

Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon
Location: Grand Hotel - Ballroom A

Leader: Pete Bacinski
Description: Seeing a raptor in flight brings excitement to every birder, but putting a name to that raptor can often be problematic.  Perched raptors can be even more difficult to ID.  This presentation will discuss all of NJ's expected fall hawks and eagles, emphasizing the most difficult ID challenges using outstanding images by great photographers.  A great compliment for the afternoon Hawk ID Master Class, an outdoor experience to use your new ID tricks!



Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Ballroom A


Saturday Honorific Bird Names with Bert Filemyr  (details)

Honorific Bird Names with Bert Filemyr

Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon
Location: Grand Hotel - Ballroom C

Speaker: Bert Filemyr


North American Bird Names - The Apostrophes
Of the over 950 birds on ABA's North American Bird List, almost 100 have apostrophes in their common names.  These birds are named in honor of some of our most famous North American ornithologists (Audubon's Shearwater, Wilson's Plover, Cassin's Finch, etc.).  But some are named for little known people (Lucy's Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, Bicknell's Thrush, etc.) and some are even named in honor of people who never set foot in North America (Swainson's Thrush, Henslow's Sparrow, Bewick's Wren, etc.).  Learn the fascinating stories behind the birds with apostrophes in their common names and the very human people who have been so honored.

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 NJ Audubon's World Series of Birding.  He co-authored, along with Jeff Holt, 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 calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Ballroom C


Saturday AM2 - 2 Hour Walks  (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.

Cape May Point State Park • 215 Lighthouse Avenue • Cape May Point •
Meet in the East Shelter on the far side of the parking lot next to the Hawkwatch platform. A 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.

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.

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.
Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • EZ Birding Cape May Point State Park
  • The Meadows
  • Stone Harbor
  • Rea Farm


Saturday Photography Session: Birds in Flight with Jay Packer of Tropical Birding Tours (43 remaining)  (details)

Photography Session: Birds in Flight

Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon

Speaker: Jay Packer of Tropical Birding Tours
Description: Join expert and international traveler, Jay Packer of Tropical Birding for some insights specific to capturing birds in flight. Bring your camera! The Ferry Terminal is an ideal spot for this as there are many birds, especially gulls in relatively close proximity. Then plan to join Jay in the afternoon for indoor session at 1pm in the Grand Hotel Ballroom B on techniques and photo processing.  





Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May - Lewes Ferry Terminal


Saturday Skimmer Boat Trip
 (0 remaining)  (details)
Birding by boat on the Skimmer Saltmarsh Safari
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 noon
Location: Cape May Inlet Marina, 1001 Ocean Drive, Wildwood Crest, NJ

Description: From the serious birder to the non-birding companion, the Skimmer Saltmarsh Safari has something for everyone! Fantastic natural history, a touch-tank on board, and plenty of wildlife viewing including fish, crustaceans, shellfish, marine mammals, plant life, tidal flows and, of course, lots of birds! You won't want to miss this intimate trip across the marsh.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled 10am departure time.

Limit: Limited to 17 participants
Cost: $25

Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Inlet Marina
$25.00


Saturday AM Osprey Boat Trip (15 remaining)  (details)

A Back Bay Adventure on The Osprey

Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Miss Chris Marina, 1281 Wilson Drive, Cape May

Description: 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.

 Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled 10am departure time.
Limit: Limited to 28 participants
Cost: $35


Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


Saturday 11am Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall  (details)
Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall
Time: 11:00am to 11:45am
Description: See Jonathan Wood from The Raptor Project and his live raptors at Convention Hall.  See live raptors up close, as Jonathan talks about each one.  See some of them fly!  Bring your cameras!
After the show, visit our many vendors, including arts and crafts, gifts, clothing, optics and a scavenger hunt for the kids. And don't forget to visit our Silent Auction!




Saturday 12noon Monarch tagging demonstration at Convention Hall  (details)

Sunday Monarch Tagging demonstration at Convention Hall 

Time: 12:00noon to 1:00pm

Description: Cape May's Monarch Monitoring Project (MMP) is led by Mark Garland, and he is crazy about Monarchs. He has traveled to their wintering grounds high in the mountains at elevations of 10,000 to 12,000' outside Mexico City.  Mark is leading a New Jersey Audubon Eco-tour there in February, 2018 in partnership with Holbrook Travel.  Several monarchs tagged here in Cape May have been seen in these mountains!  Either Mark or another member of the team will conduct the demonstration.
 





Add to calendarSaturday, October 22, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: convention hall


Saturday Mini-Pelagic Trip to the Rips (2 remaining)  (details)

Mini-Pelagic Trip to the Cape May Rips

Time: 12:30 to 3:30pm
Cost: $35 for Registrants/$50 for non-Registrants
Location: Utsch's Marina

Leaders: CMBO Associate Naturalists
Note: This trip is open to Friday-only registrants at the registrant rate of $35. Scroll down to the end of the Friday Selections to add it to your itinerary.

Description: During tidal changes, the Cape May Rips is a tumultuous upwelling at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, comprised of shoals and deeper surrounding cuts. Water movement across the shoals on the incoming and outgoing tides brings nutrients and smaller organisms to the surface, which are then fed on by successively larger fish, marine mammals, and birds. This three hour tour to The Rips gets us out there at the prime time for bird and marine mammal action, so expect to see numerous terns, gulls and Northern Gannets, along with a chance at some of the rarer visitors such as Parasitic Jaeger, Sooty Shearwater and Wilson’s Storm Petrel. Inshore Bottlenose Dolphins are regulars on this trip, and Humpback Whales are occasionally seen if we’re lucky! 
The trip departs from Utsch's Marina right in Cape May aboard the American Star, a spacious ship with a large upper deck for great viewing.  Please be sure to arrive 15-20  minutes prior to the scheduled 12:30 departure.


Limit: Limited to 110 participants



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Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Aboard the American Star at Utsch's Marina
$35.00


Saturday Birding in the Last Half Century: Reflections of Pete Bacinski (27 remaining)  (details)

Birding in the last half century: Reflections of Pete Bacinski

Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Location: Classroom at Cape May Point State Park

Speaker:  Pete Bacinski
Description: Birding has evolved in the last half century especially here in the Garden State. We will discuss optics, field guides, prominent birders, technology, climate change, bird population status, rare bird alerts, birding clubs and organizations, e-bird, Christmas Counts, make-up of birders over the years, birding hotspots then and now, as well as birds that have come and gone over the years here. Additional topics and questions will be entertained.




Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Classroom at Cape May Point State Park


Saturday Eastern Warbler Workshop with Kevin Karlson (1 remaining)  (details)

So You Think You Know Warblers -- an Interactive Workshop with Kevin Karlson

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: Grand Hotel - Ballroom A

Description:This short workshop concentrates on the regional warblers of North America that may be seen in a particular geographic area. Since there are about 53 species of warblers that can reliably be seen in North America, we will cover the regional species in detail. After showing the seasonal and age variations in each species, Kevin will show similar species in the same view using digitized composite photos from his popular "Warblers of North America," a laminated guide that has 153 photos of almost every warbler plumage seen in North America at any season (Quick Reference Publishing, 2015). The workshop ends with 20 minutes of quiz photos from the show to test your power of retention. Come and see the challenges in warbler ID, and see the power of comparative viewing of similar species together.




Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel: Ballroom A


Saturday Techniques in Bird Photography with Jay Packer of Tropical Birding Tours (38 remaining)  (details)

Techniques in Bird Photography with Jack Packer of Tropical Birding Tours

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Grand Hotel - Ballroom B

Description: 

Photographing birds in flight may seem daunting, but it really is straightforward when explained properly.  With just a few adjustments to the techniques used for “normal” bird photography, you will be able to get photos that show much more action than those static “bird on the ground” ones you have been taking so far.

This class is designed for people new to bird photography, so the first fifteen minutes or so will be a review of the basics such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO before launching into topics such as modes and tracking. If there are still questions afterwards, the Tropical Birding guides will be in Convention Hall at their booth on Sunday and will be glad to chat with you.



Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel: Ballroom B


Saturday Hawk ID Master Class  (details)

Hawk ID Master Class

Time: 1:00 - 3:30pm
Location: The Bleachers on Stevens Street, West Cape May

Leaders: CMBO Naturalists, and you never know who might stop by...
Description: The Bleachers at Stevens Street created quite a stir at last year's Fall Festival. We rented them in order for folks to have a place to sit and watch hawks over the Rea Farm fields while working on their ID skills with our experts. Locals know the Rea Farm fields with their wooded edges are great for birds. They are great for raptors because the fields create thermals that tend to draw them in.  With the right winds, there can be quite a show, and rarities such as Swainson's Hawks, Mississippi Kites (not so rare any more), and others are often spotted in this area first.


Limit: Limited to 50 participants





Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: The Bleachers at Stevens Street


Saturday PM - Osprey Boat Trip (0 remaining)  (details)

A Back Bay Adventure on The Osprey

Time: 1:30 - 4:00pm

Location: Miss Chris Marina, 1281 Wilson Drive, Cape May

Description: 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!  A registrant may purchase up to three additional tickets in case their friends or travel mates are not participating in the Fall Festival. Free parking at the marina parking lot.

 Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled 1:30pm departure time.
Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $35


Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


Saturday 1:45pm Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall  (details)
Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall
Time: 1:45pm to 2:30pm
Description: See Jonathan Wood from The Raptor Project and his live raptors at Convention Hall.  See live raptors up close, as Jonathan talks about each one.  See some of them fly!  Bring your cameras!
After the show, visit our many vendors, including arts and crafts, gifts, clothing, optics and a scavenger hunt for the kids. And don't forget to visit our Silent Auction!




Saturday PM - 2 Hour Walks&  (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.

Northwood Center • Cape May Bird Observatory • 701 E. Lake Drive • Cape May Point •
New Jersey Audubon’s southernmost center was founded in 1975.  This 2-acre preserve over looks Lake Lily in Cape May Point. A stroll around the neighborhood often turns up some interesting birds, especially migrant songbirds in the afternoon.


Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • Northwood Center and Surroundings
  • The Meadows


Saturday Waterbird ID Master Class (28 remaining)  (details)

Waterbird ID Master Class

Time: 2:00 - 4:30pm
Location: Avalon Seawatch, at the beachfront between 8th & 9th Streets, Avalon.

Leaders: Various CMBO Associate Naturalists
Description: At New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, we're keeping our finger on the pulse of migration through the Cape May region. This Master Class will take you deeper into the identification of the numerous species we count at our annual Avalon Seawatch.  The town of Avalon has sponsored bleachers for participants to sit and spend time with our experts for hands-on field ID training.


Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Avalon Seawatch


Saturday Photo Processing Techniques with Jay Packer of Tropical Birding Tours (41 remaining)  (details)

Photo Processing Techniques

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00pm
Location: Grand Hotel: Ballroom B

Speaker: Jay Packer of Tropical Birding Tours
Description:  

Have you ever noticed those flight shots where the bird has an awful halo around it? Let’s stop doing that!  Flight photography has many more issues with light than normal photography, and here we concentrate on how to handle strong backlighting, sidelighting and the temptation to “overcook” a photo in post processing, with results that look unnatural. We will discuss processing techniques such as luminosity masking, noise reduction and layers, to make the most of your photos using photoshop. Experienced photographers are also welcome to attend and provide any other “tricks” they use in post processing.

This workshop is designed for people who have taken photos and want to know how to get the most out of them, so bring along a laptop and/or your photos for examples. 






Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Ballroom B


Saturday Cape May's Monarch Monitoring Project with Mark Garland (37 remaining)  (details)

Cape May's Monarch Monitoring Project with Mark Garland

Time:  3:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: Grand Hotel, Ballroom A

Speaker: Mark Garland
Description: Mark now leads the Monarch Monitoring Project (MMP), and he is crazy about Monarchs. He has traveled to their wintering grounds in Mexico, and is in fact leading a New Jersey Audubon Eco-tour there next February.  This program will focus on the methods and findings of 28 years of research by the MMP, the first and oldest continuous research effort of its kind on Monarch Butterflies.



Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Ballroom A


Saturday Learning Bird Sounds with Scott Whittle (0 remaining)  (details)

Learning Bird Sounds with Scott Whittle

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00pm

Location: Grand Hotel, Ballroom C

Speaker: Scott Whittle

Description: 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 sense 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.

Limit: 48



Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Ballroom C


Saturday 4:00 pm Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall  (details)
Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall
Time: 4:00 -- 4:45 PM
Description: See Jonathan Wood from The Raptor Project and his live raptors at Convention Hall.  See live raptors up close, as Jonathan talks about each one.  See some of them fly!  Bring your cameras!
After the show, visit our many vendors, including arts and crafts, gifts, clothing, optics and a scavenger hunt for the kids. And don't forget to visit our Silent Auction!




Book Signing 5:00 - 6:00pm  (details)
Bring or buy books by many of our local and visiting authors including Pete Dunne, Kevin Karlson, Dale Rosselet, and the many contributors to Good Birders Still Don't Wear White, including David La Puma, Jeff Gordon, Lisa White,  Michael O'Brien, and Bill Thompson III.


Saturday Keynote: Malmhagen & Whitehouse  (details)

Saturday Evening Program: A Tale of Three Peninsulas with Bjorn Malmhagen and Nick Whitehouse

5:00 - 5:45 pm - Cash Bar

5:45 - 6:30 pm - Casual Buffet Dinner (tables will be called)

6:30 - 8:00 pm - Welcome, New Jersey Audubon Education Award, Bird List and Keynote

The bird observatories of Falsterbo  (Sweden) and Spurn (UK) are two of the most well known in Europe and like Cape May are situated on coastal peninsulas. Bjorn and Nick tell us about the observatories and their migratory birds, and how they have linked together with CMBO to forge a new and pioneering Friendship Agreement.

Nick Whitehouse 

Nick began birding as an 11 year old in his native Yorkshire, England. He later graduated from Durham University with a degree in Zoology, undertaking his dissertation in the Camargue, France on prey selection in different herons. Though birding has always been his lifelong passion he then worked within the UK Police Service for 30 years before recently retiring. He has served on the county rarities committee and is a member of the Spurn Bird Observatory Trust committee in Yorkshire, helping to oversee the governance and management of one of the UK's foremost bird observatories.  Nick now operates a small and friendly bird tour company and his birding has taken him to most of Europe, North Africa and the Middle east as well as Mongolia, China, and both Canada and the USA. Nick is married and lives with his family in Bournemouth, Dorset, on the south coast of England.

Björn Malmhagen
Björn was born and raised in Falsterbo, where he still lives with his family,  and started birding as a young boy. He has worked regularly as a ringer, migration counter, guide etc. at Falsterbo Bird Observatory since the late 80s and today sit as Chairman of the Board of Falsterbo Bird Observatory. He has a great interest in ringing with a focus on identification, ageing and sex determination. He also has a great interest in field ornithology with focus on field identification issues in mainly Palearctic taxa. Björn is a member of the Swedish Rarities Committee and also partly work as a tour guide for birding trips to mainly Europe, Asia and North Africa.

And we will do the bird species check off list, too!

Cost: $30 for Registrants
          $40 for Non-registrants






Add to calendarSaturday, October 21, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Ballroom, Grand Hotel
$30.00


Sunday Daily Registration  
  • $65.00 (Standard)
  • $75.00 (Late)


Sunday Trolley Trip: Cape May Triple Play with Brett Ewald (20 remaining)  (details)

Cape May Triple Play Trolley Trip
Time: 6:30 am- 12:00noon
Leader: Brett Ewald
Description: Hop on the trolley with Brett Ewald, the new Program Director at Cape May Bird Observatory, as we visit each of the three stationary count sites: The Morning Flight Songbird Count, Cape May Hawkwatch, and Avalon Seawatch. Brett will guide you through our research program aimed at keeping our finger on the pulse of migration in the region, and point out the great birds that are flying by along the way! This is surefire way to see many species in several great habitats, and learn about the science behind our conservation at New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory.

Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $40


Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Departs from the Grand Hotel
$40.00


Sunday Trolley Trip: Leader's Choice with Mark Garland (0 remaining)  (details)

Leader's Choice Trolley Trip

Time: 7:30 - 11:30am

Leader: Mark Garland
Description: Where will this magical mystery tour take you? Only time will tell! Mark Garland knows Cape May like the back of his hand, and he should; he lives here!.  Join him on a trolley with large windows as he takes you to his favorite fall hotspots across one of the most significant fall migration locations in the world!

 
Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $35


Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Departs from the Grand Hotel
$35.00


Sunday AM1 - 2 Hour Walks  (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.

South Cape May Meadows - Sunset Boulevard, West 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 trial 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, October 22, 2017 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • Higbee Beach
  • Rea Farm
  • Cox Hall Creek
  • South Cape May Meadows


Sunday Photo Session with Brian Zwiebel of Sabrewing Tours (1 remaining)  (details)
Bird Photography Walk with Brian Zwiebel of Sabrewing Tours
Sunset Beach (end of Sunset Blvd, Cape May Point)
7:30 - 9:30 AM

Brian's award winning photography has been internationally published in books and magazines including Birder's World, Bird Watching, Bird Watcher's Digest, and the American Birding Association's magazine Birding.  Bring your camera and meet Brian at Sunset Beach for some valuable tips on improving your bird photography.

Limit 15

Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sunset Beach at end of Sunset Blvd.


Sunday Indoor Program: Springwatch: A New Look at Migration in Cape May with Tom Reed (42 remaining)  (details)

Coral Avenue "Springwatch" with Tom Reed

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location:  Grand Hotel - Grand Ballroom "B"
Leaders: Tom Reed

Description:  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 calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Grand Ballroom B


Sunday Sparrow ID Workshop w/ Pete Bacinski (23 remaining)  (details)

Sparrow ID Workshop with Pete Bacinski

Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon

Leaders: Pete Bacinski
Description: This is a comprehensive identification workshop featuring over 25 of New Jersey's resident and wintering sparrows, as well as common sparrow rarities that visit the Garden State.   A Powerpoint presentation will illustrate field marks and clues to identification of this group of birds often referred to as LBJs; i.e. "little brown jobs."


Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Grand Ballroom A


Sunday AM Skimmer Boat Trip (1 remaining)  (details)

Birding by boat on the Skimmer Saltmarsh Safari

Time: 10:00am - 12:00 noon

Location: Cape May Inlet Marina, 1001 Ocean Drive, Wildwood Crest
Leaders
: Captain Travis Davis
Description: From the serious birder to the non-birding companion, the Skimmer Saltmarsh Safari has something for everyone! Fantastic natural history, a touch-tank on board, and plenty of wildlife viewing including fish, crustaceans, shellfish, marine mammals, plant life, tidal flows and, of course, lots of birds! You won't want to miss this intimate trip across the marsh.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled 10am departure time.

Limit: Limited to 17 participants
Cost: $25


Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Cape May Inlet Marina
$25.00


Sunday AM Osprey Boat Trip (0 remaining)  (details)

A back bay adventure on The Osprey

Time: 10am - 12:30 pm
Location: Miss Chris Marina, 1281 Wilson Drive, Cape May

Description: 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.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled 10am departure time.

Capacity: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $30



Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


Sunday AM2 - 2 Hour Walks  (details)

Cape May Point State Park • 215 Lighthouse Avenue • Cape May Point •
Meet in the East Shelter on the far side of the parking lot next to the Hawkwatch platform.  A 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.

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, 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.

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.


Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Various
  • E-Z Birding Cape May Point State Park
  • Stone Harbor
  • Rea Farm


Sunday Cape May Meadows: Birding and History with Bert Filemyr  (details)

The Meadows: Birding and History

Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon

Location: South Cape May Meadows
Leader
: Bert Filemyr
Description:

At one time what we know as the Meadows was a beach front community known as South Cape May. There probably were about 40 structures in the community but streets were laid out for many more. The current walking paths, the east path and the west path, follow closely the 9th and 13th streets laid out in the original plot plan. During the walk, Bert will talk on the changing environment of the meadows, human development on the property, present location of houses saved from South Cape May, etc. including information on the old trolley line, the Light of Asia, beach front erosion, present ownership, etc.


Limit:  Limited to 40 Participants  

The Nature Conservancy • South Cape May Meadows (aka The Meadows) Birding and History with Bert Filemyr • 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, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: South Cape May Meadows


Sunday Exlusive Opportunity to Bird the US Coast Guard Training Center (0 remaining)  (details)

Exclusive Opportunity to Bird the US Coast Guard Station

Time: 10:00am to 12 Noon
Location:  1 Munro Avenue, just past the Nature Center of Cape May

Leaders: Chris Hajduk and Jacob Cuomo
Description: The Coast Guard Station is situated on some prime habitat on Cape Island and access is extremely limited. Be one of the small group to explore this little paradise, which includes maritime forest, beach, dunes, fields and juniper stands, all of which is typically closed to the public. This trip is open to registrants only and is limited to 15 participants. It will fill up fast so register ASAP!



PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED AND NAME MUST MATCH THAT ON THE REGISTRATION FORM. YOUR NAME WILL BE PROVIDED TO THE USCG ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE. THERE CAN BE NO CHANGES OR SUBSTITUTIONS TO THE WALK LIST WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE WALK.

Limit: Limited to 15 participants
Cost: $35

Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: USCG, 1 Munro Ave.
$35.00


11am Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall  (details)
Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall
Time: 11:00am to 11:45am
Description: See Jonathan Wood from The Raptor Project and his live raptors at Convention Hall.  See live raptors up close, as Jonathan talks about each one.  See some of them fly!  Bring your cameras!
After the show, visit our many vendors, including arts and crafts, gifts, clothing, optics and a scavenger hunt for the kids.




Sunday 12noon Monarch tagging demonstration at Convention Hall  (details)

Sunday Monarch Tagging demonstration at Convention Hall 

Time: 12:00noon to 12:45pm

Description: Cape May's Monarch Monitoring Project(MMP) is led by Mark Garland, and he is crazy about Monarchs. He has traveled to their wintering grounds high in the mountains at elevations of 10,000 to 12,000' outside Mexico City.  Mark is leading a New Jersey Audubon Eco-tour there in February, 2018 in partnership with Holbrook Travel.  Several monarchs tagged here in Cape May have been seen in these mountains!  Either Mark or another member of the team will conduct the demonstration.
 






Sunday 12:30pm Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall  (details)
Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall
Time: 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Description: See Jonathan Wood from The Raptor Project and his live raptors at Convention Hall.  See live raptors up close, as Jonathan talks about each one.  See some of them fly!  Bring your cameras!
After the show, visit our many vendors, including arts and crafts, gifts, clothing, optics and a scavenger hunt for the kids.




Sunday Birding Costa Rica with Mark Garland (33 remaining)  (details)

Birding Costa Rica
Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Grand Hotel - Grand Ballroom "A"
Leader
: Mark Garland
Description: Costa Rica is a small Central American country whose natural areas support a dazzling variety of tropical wildlife.  With a land area about the size of West Virginia, the country's bird list is nearly 900 species.  Habitats include mountain forests (the highest peaks are above 12,000 feet), rain forests, dry forests, mangrove swamps, tropical marshes, and coasts on both the Pacific and the Caribbean.

Mark Garland has led more than thirty-five trips to Costa Rica since 1988, teaming with Carlos Gomez, one of the country's most highly regarded naturalist guides on most.  



Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Grand Hotel, Grand Ballroom A


Sunday Hawk ID Master Class with Pete Dunne and Friends   (details)

Hawk ID Master Class 

Time: 1:00 - 3:30pm
Location: Bleachers at Stevens Street
Description: Take a seat in our outdoor classroom and learn from CMBO Naturalists as they scan the sky for raptors over the Rea Farm.

Limit: Limited to 30 participants


Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: The Bleachers at Stevens St/Rea Farm


Sunday PM - Osprey Boat Trip  (23 remaining)  (details)

A back bay adventure on The Osprey

Time: 1:30 - 4:00pm

Location: Miss Chris Marina
Leaders
: Various Associate Naturalists
Description: 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.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled 1:30pm departure time.

Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $30



Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Miss Chris Marina
$30.00


Sunday 1:45pm Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall  (details)
Live Raptor Show at Convention Hall
Time: 1:45 to 2:30 pm
Description: See Jonathan Wood from The Raptor Project and his live raptors at Convention Hall.  See live raptors up close, as Jonathan talks about each one.  See some of them fly!  Bring your cameras!
After the show, visit our many vendors, including arts and crafts, gifts, clothing, optics and a scavenger hunt for the kids.



Sunday - Northwood & Surroundings  (details)

Northwood & Surroundings--Cape May Bird Observatory •  701 E. Lake Drive • Cape May Point •
New Jersey Audubon’s southernmost center was founded in 1975.  This 2-acre preserve over looks Lake Lily in Cape May Point. A stroll around the neighborhood often turns up some interesting birds, especially migrant songbirds in the afternoon. Residential area, please be considerate and park only in designated areas.
Limit: 40




Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: CMBO's Northwood Center, Cape May Point


Sunday Waterbird ID Master Class  (details)

Waterbird ID Master Class

Time: 2:00 - 4:30pm
Location: Bleachers next to Avalon Seawatch, between 8th & 9th Streets, Avalon, NJ
Description: At New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, we're keeping our finger on the pulse of migration through the Cape May region. This Master Class will take you deeper into the identification of the numerous species we count at our annual Avalon Seawatch. The town of Avalon has sponsored bleachers for participants to sit and spend time with our experts for hands-on field ID training.



Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Avalon Seawatch


Sunday Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge  (details)

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Time: 2:00 - 5:00pm

Leaders: Various CMBO Associate Naturalists
Description: Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (aka Brigantine) consists of 46,000 acres of coastal habitat, mostly salt marsh interspersed with shallow coves and bays, along an 8-mile loop through a series of fresh, brackish and saltwater wetlands.  Ducks, geese, herons, bitterns, rails, shorebirds and other water birds use the refuge for feeding and resting.  If you are driving north, this is a perfect way to end your festival experience.  Car caravan ($4/vehicle without current duck stamp).




Add to calendarSunday, October 22, 2017 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Forsythe NWR parking lot near office


 

Contact Information

  • For questions regarding the Cape May Fall Festival please call 609-246-3581.

Payment Instructions

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

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