2017 Cape May Fall Festival

Cape May, New Jersey
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Daily Trolley Trips

Cape May Triple Play

Time: 6:30am - 12:00noon

Description: The Cape May Triple Play will take you to each of our famed watch sites; the Morning Flight Songbird Count at Higbee Beach, the Avalon Seawatch and the Cape May Hawkwatch, all with our talented guides, most of whom have been counters themselves. We have extended the length of this trip to allow more time at each location.

Friday Guide: David La Puma, PhD, Director, Cape May Bird Observatory
Saturday Guide: Tom Reed, counter, tour leader, writer, Cape May Birder Extraordinaire
Sunday Guide: Brett Ewald, Program Director, Cape May Bird Observatory

Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $40

Leader's Choice

Time:  7:30 am - 11:30 am, Friday and Sunday

           7:30 am to 10:30 am, Saturday

Description: Where will this magical mystery tour take you? Only time will tell! All of our guides for these trips know Cape May like the back of their hands, and they should; they live here! Join them on a cozy 35-passenger 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!

Friday Guides: Michael O'Brien & Louise Zemaitis
Saturday Guide: Richard Crossley
Sunday Guide: Mark Garland

Limit: Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $35

Special Walks and Events

Watch Hawks with our keynotes, Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson

Saturday, meet at The Bleachers on Stevens Street

Time: 10:00 am to 12 noon

Description: Be one of a small group to join Pete and Kevin for a couple of hours of hawkwatching and chatting about everything from writing to photography, and mostly about their love of raptors. It is sure to be a very special couple of hours!

Limit: Limited to 40 participants
Cost: $50

Boat Trips

The Osprey Birding by BoatTM will depart Miss Chris Marina, 1218 Wilson Drive, at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. Explore beautiful Cape Island Creek Preserve, New Jersey's southernmost salt marsh and a critical migration stopover.  The Osprey is a stable, roomy, covered pontoon boat with a fully glass enclosed cabin, railed front deck, bench seating, and toilet facilities onboard. Join Captain Bob Lubberman and CMBO naturalists and cruise the back bays, harbors and sounds of Cape May for close looks at a variety of water birds including secretive rails, migrating shorebirds, herons, egrets, other waterfowl and marsh birds. Dress for the weather; spotting scopes on tripods are welcome. Advance registration is required and the $30 cost is in addition to daily fees.  Free parking at the marina parking lot. Limit 30 participants.

Also departing at 10:00 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the Skimmer Salt Marsh Safari, which explores the coastal salt marsh and is equipped with a touch tank.  It is located at the Cape May Inlet Marina on Ocean Drive between the bridge & Fish Dock Rd in Wildwood Crest, 1.5 miles north and east from the bridge out of Cape May. The Skimmer trip is great for the all-around nature enthusiast, as its itinerary includes natural history, fish, crustaceans, shellfish, marine mammals, plant life, tidal flows, and bird life. Tours remain on placid inland waters.  Advance registration is required and the $25 cost is in addition to daily fees.  Free parking at the marina parking lot. Limit 17 participants.

Trip to the Rips
Sponsored by:

Saturday, October 21
Time:  12:30 - 3:30 pm

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!

We will be aboard the American Star, a large and comfortable vessel.

This trip costs $35 for registrants and $50 for non registrants. 
If you have never been on a pelagic this is a great way to try one out!


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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