Your guide, Dan Donaldson, is wearing binoculars and meets you there. We board the early Lewes Ferry for a pelagic-birding ferry crossing of the bay to the state of Delaware. Here, on a misty morning, you might see Great Blue Herons rise from the marshes in great squawking squadrons. We are doing our utmost to bring the best of Cape May to you. Visit the Cape May Bird Observatory to get in on a birding … This being a bit of a long day, we have traditionally made this our pizza party dinner at the hotel so we can turn in a bit earlier. 109 Lincoln Avenue, Cape May Point, New Jersey, US (38.932, -74.962) Trips range from exploring one of the world’s best examples of tidal salt marshes to visiting one of the most successful beach restorations in the United States. Warm up your ID skills with the experts on Friday, then join us as we capture Cape May’s hotspots with the best guides around. Wright is a marsh warden at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife, Patty. We have lunch in the Historic District of Downtown Lewes and spend the remainder of our afternoon at Prime Hook NWR, local hawk watch sites, and other fall birding hotspots on the Delaware side of the bay. Many thanks to you and all the CMBO/NJ Audubon folks for making this event happen!” – A Birder in Bryn Mawr, PA. Each day will also feature a keynote speaker after a lunch break. There’s a reason they hold the World Series of Birding here every year! Accommodations at the Sea Crest Inn (B,L,D), This morning, and every morning for the remainder of the trip, those who wish can enjoy an optional sunrise (6:30 AM) beach walk before breakfast at the hotel (typically each day at 8:00 AM). Photo credits: Sun., Oct. 18: Cape May Trolley Birding & Trip to The Rips. Their website will show a grid of tour cost and your age category for you to make selections. There are thousands of acres of both fresh and salt marshes here and almost any East Coast water bird is possible. Peregrine, Cooper's Hawk, and Merlin can put on a spectacular show from mid-September through late October, along with scads of Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and even the occasional Bald Eagle circling overhead. Please do not come to a program if you are sick or have a sick family member. Leaders may remove their face covering in order to be heard by the group while maintaining social distance. Parking is available. We are truly excited to transport the splendor of spring migration in Cape May right into your own home in a virtual format on May 23rd and 24th. Banner: Cape May Birders at Dawn, Dan Donaldson; Northern Pintails, Sandy Sorkin; Cape May Sunset, Richard Becker; Northern Shoveler and Friend, Sandy Sorkin; Black Black Skimmers by Carlos Sanchez; Broad-winged Hawk, Carlos Sanchez; Cape May Warbler, Carlos Sanchez; Tree Swallow, Carlos Sanchez; Sandwich Terns, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Clapper Rail, Carlos Sanchez; Red-throated Loon, Greg Smith; Double-crested Cormorant, Greg Smith; Group Photos in Day to Day itinerary by Hugh Simmons Photography; Northern Harrier by Greg Smith; Merlin by Greg Smith; Great Egret by Sandy Sorkin; Tree Swallows by Hugh Simmons Photography; Clapper Rail by Carlos Sanchez. We run eco-tours of Cape May Harbor and the coastal salt marsh with up close views of local wildlife. Born in Philadelphia, he is a lifelong Phillies and Eagles fan. Thank you for your interest! The town of Cape May is a national historic site and offers incredible examples of Victorian architecture and charm, as well as some of the most divine seafood on the east coast. If you plan to drive, please meet the group at the hotel by about 3:00 PM. This journey is either underway or complete, but we do have, Cape May State Park | Cape May Bird Refuge, Stone Harbor Point | Salt Marsh Boat Tour | Nummy Island, Delaware | Cape Henlopen State Park | Prime Hook NWR, Forsythe NWR | Avalon Sea Watch | Wetlands Institute, Cape May Trolley Birding & Trip to The Rips, Enjoy a one-stop, unpack, and relaxing tour at a beachside hotel, Watch for thousands of Sharp-shinned Hawk, hundreds of Northern Harrier, and dozens of Peregrine Falcon and Merlin at the Cape May State Park Hawk Watch Platform, Spend an afternoon at The Nature Conservancy’s Cape May Bird Refuge, one of the most successful beach habitat restorations on the Atlantic seaboard, Look for Common, Black, Roseate, Arctic, Gull-billed, and Sandwich Terns at Stone Harbor Point, Search for elusive Diamondback Terrapin, America’s only saltwater turtle, aboard a salt marsh pontoon cruise, Visit Avalon Sea Watch, one of the country’s longest-running seabird watch/counting sites and a good spot to see dolphins and whales, Board Lewes Ferry for a pelagic crossing of the Delaware Bay to the state of Delaware to visit Cape Henlopen State Park and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Watch hundreds, if not thousands, of warblers and other passerines at Morning Flight, a morning watch of returning birds that were pushed out to sea on their evening migration, 7-Day / 6-Night Cape May Migration Tour with Dan Donaldson, Airport is Philadelphia International (PHL). This ferry trip can be very productive for sea birds and scoters that either spend the night afloat or fly in at sunrise to feed. We watch for the elusive Diamondback Terrapin, North America’s only saltwater turtle. Explore Cape May Point State Park, site of the world-famous Cape May Hawk Watch, to spot the inhabitants of beaches, ponds, marshes, fields and coastal forests. Accommodations at the Sea Crest Inn (B,L,D), Delaware is the smart little brother to Cape May. Explore recent checklists of birds in this area. 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Cape May is such a legendary and productive hotspot that you can find doorstop-sized books written about birds and birding on this tiny peninsula. Most locations are just minutes from our hotel and while we spend full days in the field, there are ample opportunities for breaks or an afternoon off on your own. Pace of the Journey Did you know that Cape May has been a destination point for birds (and bird observers) for over two centuries? New Jersey Audubon Society is a 501 (c)(3) • All Rights Reserved. Calendars. A good day on the hawk watch platform can be marked by the passing of 2000 – 3000 Sharp-shinned Hawk, hundreds of Northern Harrier, and dozens of Peregrine Falcon and Merlin. (CAPE MAY – Oct. 6, 2020) REV Theatre in association ... November 29. Cape May is world-famous for the thousands of migratory birds that flock to the town each fall in a parade of plumage and song. Visiting local birding patches of their choice, we experience their observation and interpretation skills in action. In his spare time, he spies on birds. Click HERE for full details and to register. Jim Wright is an author, blogger, and longtime birding columnist for The [Bergen] Record in northern New Jersey. On the way back to Cape May we stop at the Avalon Sea Watch, one of the country’s longest-running seabird watch/counting sites. (B). In the afternoon we board the American Star tour boat for a three-hour mini pelagic trip to the “the Rips.” The Rips is an upwelling at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, comprised of shoals and deeper surrounding cuts. Plan a visit to the South Cape May Meadows Preserve 1 talking about this. Cape May, at the southern tip of New Jersey, is one of the world’s most famous birding hotspots! We end today, and many of our days, at Sunset Beach to watch “flyout” of terns and scoters that prefer to sleep on the deeper waters of the Atlantic. This morning we participate in the Cape May Birding Festival and board a trolley bus with a celebrity birder for their leader’s choice birding trip. I’m looking forward to this new experience, and am practicing my bird skills here on the home front. We stay close to this pretty beach town and familiarize ourselves with the island and the local spots that we visit throughout the week. Eventbrite - New Jersey Audubon - Cape May Bird Observatory presents NJ Audubon's Virtual Cape May Spring Festival 2020 - Saturday, May 23, 2020 | Sunday, May 24, 2020 - … This migration trip is timed for the peak of land and sea birding diversity. We take a bit of time to freshen up for dinner and get to know our fellow travelling companions. Here we also stop at a local patch where Nelson’s Sharptail and Seaside Sparrows frequent. New Jersey Audubon is offering the most complete virtual Fall Festival experience you will find anywhere on the Internet. November 13, 2020 Melissa Roach. People very knowledgeable - great to help you find birding places, find out about organized birding activities - something every day, birding festivals. You are sure to enjoy Jim Wright, author of the recently released “The Real James Bond,” on Saturday at 12:30 pm, and Jason Ward, host of North American Birds, on Sunday at 12:30 pm, a YouTube sensation that has brought the love of birding to a new, diverse audience. Fall migration at the Meadows is nothing short of spectacular. Emlen Physick Estate 1048 Washington Street. Osprey are common and we may even tire of seeing them! Birding Camp on Jun 22, 2020 in Cape May, NJ at Center for Research and Education. Far from the metropolitan areas of northern New Jersey, the Cape May peninsula is home to forests, farmland, wetland meadows, and salt marshes. Dinner is at the famous Lobster House restaurant where we finish our bird lists and reflect on the week Then we’re off to the Cape May State Park Hawk Watch Platform, nature center, and light house. Cape May’s prime location, situated on the peninsula where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay, makes it a geographic migrant trap. Cape May Birding Festival - Virtual Edition New Jersey Audubon is offering the most complete virtual Fall Festival experience you will find anywhere on the Internet. Most birding locations are short walks on flat ground, easy on the exertion level. Bottlenose Dolphin are regulars on this trip, and Humpback Whale are occasionally seen as well (fingers crossed)! Red-throated and Common Loon, gannets and scoters, hawks and falcons are all migrating along the eastern seaboard. Our virtual Spring Festival will feature legendary birding hot spots in Cape May, NJ, including Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) South Cape May Meadows (aka “The Meadows”), and world renowned shorebird migration locations on the Delaware Bayshore, Heislerville WMA and the Atlantic coast. It could have been the birding destination on the east coast if it weren’t for its big brother, New Jersey. Night in Cape May. Birds we likely see here include: Double-crested Cormorant (200,000 per year), Red-throated Loon (50,000 per year), scoters (100,000 – 200,000 annually, mostly Black and Surf), Northern Gannet (50,000 per year), and uncountable numbers of gulls. Fall migration is a must-see in Cape May, expect to see a wide variety of migrants from September through November. 2020 Cape May Spring Festival. A prize-winning writer, his books include The Nature of the Meadowlands, Jungle of the Maya, and Hawk Mountain. A Virtual Cape May Spring Birding Festival April 09, 2020 Although most of my "Real James Bond" talks this spring have been postponed, NJ Audubon has announced it is trying something completely different for its annual Spring Birding festival (where I am the Friday keynote speaker ): Then spend the day with … New Jersey Audubon is offering the most complete virtual Fall Festival experience you will find anywhere on the Internet. Lunch is at one of our favorite cafes. Birding By Boat from Cape May. Born and raised in The Bronx, NYC, his love for wildlife began at a young age as he fell in love with dinosaurs. This afternoon we explore Cape May Bird Refuge, aka “the Meadows.” Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, this important coastal birding area is one of the most successful habitat restorations on the Atlantic seaboard. Cape May is best known for its fall migration, but springtime on the peninsula beckons with its own fine birding and migration spectacles. Native Plant Sale – Order Online for pickup June 6 & 7. We do this once on the trip as a group and then as an option on any appropriate morning. Jason Ward Afternoon Keynote, Sunday, May 24, 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Water movement across the shoals on the incoming and outgoing tides brings nutrients and small organisms to the surface, which are then fed on by successively larger fish, marine mammals, and birds. Immerse yourself in the Cape May Spring Festival! —Alexander Wilson Few places in North America have been birded longer or have more birding advocates than Cape May, New Jersey. Like many of you, they were both very excited to come to Cape May; so much so that they’ve agreed to join us virtually from their home patches. Cape May Bird Observatory 701 East Lake Drive PO Box 3 Cape May Point, NJ 08212 1-609-400-3868 We explore habitats and locations ranging from coastal beach towns to well-known parks and natural areas right along the Delaware Bay. After breakfast we head to Stone Harbor Point where many of the shorebirds and waterfowl in the area can be found. ... November 17, 2020 Melissa Roach. Are you just getting into birding or need a refresher? The Cape May Fall Festival is VIRTUAL this year, and there is an impressive lineup of speakers and special events happening October 2–4, 2020. We catch the sunset at Sunset Beach again back in Cape May and then return to our hotel to freshen up before dinner at a local restaurant. Here we have great opportunities to see Clapper and King Rails, bitterns, migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, as well as Peregrine Falcon hunting the marshes. Accommodations at the Sea Crest Inn (D), We’re off for an early start to Morning Flight today, an ongoing morning watch/count of returning birds that were pushed out to sea on their evening migration. Accommodations at the Sea Crest Inn (B,L,D), This morning we participate in the Cape May Birding Festival and board a trolley bus with a celebrity birder for their leader’s choice birding trip. Cost is based on double occupancy and includes all accommodations, meals specified in the itinerary, group airport transfers, professional guide services, local park and other area entrance fees, miscellaneous program expenses, and festival registration fee. There is also a steady flow of Common Loon, terns of various species, Green-winged Teal, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Black Duck, scaup, and many other species. Cape May Birds by the Month . “I just registered for the Virtual CMBO weekend – easy peasy! Cape May Point is probably the premier area for both bird and butterfly watchers but there are plenty of other spots around the county where eco-tourists of every age can marvel in the diverse wildlife of the Jersey Cape. Here, a good day for scoters can amount to a count of 20,000 birds! The report below shows observations of rare birds in Cape May County. Pricing: $1,990 USD, or £1,450 for 6 Days and 5 Nights Group Size: Price is based on a group size of 6 to 8 participants All the East Coast waterfowl and wading birds can be found here, and Brant and Snow Geese should be just arriving. Keynote speakers to be announced. The Cape May Bird Observatory was founded in 1976 as a leader in research, environmental education, bird conservation, and recreational birding activities. Fewer still can offer better bird watching. Observations and tips for birding the Cape May, New Jersey area every month of the year from noted author and Cape May resident Paul Kerlinger. New Jersey Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey’s citizens; protects New Jersey’s birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey’s valuable natural habitats. This is a chance to see hundreds, if not thousands, of warblers and other passerines making their way back to land. After lunch we’re off to further explore the salt marshes as we drive the intracoastal areas with stops at Nummy Island, famous for nesting Black-crowned Night-Heron; watch for flyby terns of various species and search for the ever-present Clapper Rail. Cape May is considered the absolute best birding destination in North America to witness fall migration, especially for raptors. Jim Wright on his new book, The Real James Bond: A True Story of Identity Theft, Avian Intrigue and Ian Fleming. The migrating birds always come to Cape May to feed and rest on their way south (or north in spring) so you are sure to see great birds. Please arrive at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) no later than 2:00 PM on October 13, and plan to depart after 1:00 PM on October 19. Day 3-4: Even more than the rest of Cape May, Higbee Beach at dawn is charged with all the mystery and excitement of migration. An infatuation that provided him with an escape from the obstacles growing up in the South Bronx provided. Jason’s mission is to change the way the public views wildlife, and to blaze a trail for future generations of children growing up in underrepresented communities.”. It is positioned on the southernmost tip of New Jersey, and is situated exactly where birds that are migrating from the neotropics, “drop out” from exhaustion after having flown north across the Delaware Bay. Once in Delaware we spend the day exploring the pine barren habitats of Cape Henlopen State Park. Experience an afternoon boat ride through Cape May Harbor into the salt marsh and back-bay environment, with a visit from a local birding … Cost is based on a minimum number of 8 participants; with fewer a small group surcharge (typically $100 – $300) may apply. Follow his adventures on Twitter @1realjamesbond, and read his blog at realjamesbond.net. Visiting local birding patches of their choice, we experience their observation and interpretation skills in action. No decisions to make, no potential workshop conflicts, no wardrobe anxieties, and the fridge is SO close. Among the highlights is the mass spawning of Horseshoe Crabs, living fossils which breed in the thousands on the beaches of Delaware Bay, their tiny eggs providing vital sustenance to thousands of shorebirds on their long journeys north. Walking the nearby beach can produce sightings of Parasitic Jaeger, all three scoters, loons, and many species of gull. SPRING IN CAPE MAY A RELAXED & EASY TOUR MAY 9-15, 2020 ©2019 Cape May, New Jersey is world-famous, not only as a National Historic Landmark with its Victorian architecture, but also as a destination for students of bird migration. This tour visits the Cape May Point Hawk Watch, Cape May Bird Observatory, Forsythe (formerly Brigantine) NWR, and plenty of other fresh and saltwater habitats. New Jersey Audubon counters are here to help with identification and information. Details. It’s famous for evening Merlin and Peregrine flights as they work the meadows to catch that last dragonfly snack before settling in for the evening. Then, we load up and travel about 2.5 hours, that includes a quick lunch stop, to our lodgings in Cape May, New Jersey. Share your favorite Bird Pictures, places to Bird and any info on Birding Any spring trip to Cape May, virtual or not, must include Belleplain State Forest. Cape May Stage presents “Adopt a Sailor – Holiday Edition” matinee. More than 1000 Osprey have been counted on a given day, too! Cost does not include transportation to or from your home to Philadelphia or items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone charges, porterage, maid gratuities, or beverages from the bar. Just 4 spots left for our outdoor in-person birding program – August 18th in Cape May NJ . Paul Kerlinger writes a monthly column on bird migration "Birds on the Move" for BirdWatching magazine. Experience the legendary birding hot spots all within about a 35-mile drive: Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows (aka “The Meadows”), TNC’s Garrett Family Preserve on Cape Island Creek, and up the road a piece, Cox Hall Creek WMA. With the continuing COVID-19 health crisis, we have taken the precautionary step of eliminating the Festival’s in-person format – we are going virtual. There is no place like Cape May New Jersey for springtime birding and we are going to bring it to you. Accommodations at the Sea Crest Inn (B,L,D), We bird our way through the vast salt marsh areas north of Cape May today as we make our way up the coast to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (aka Brigantine), a 43,000-acre natural area with both fresh and saltwater marshes. Please plan to arrive today at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) where we assemble as a group at 2:00 PM at the Continental Airlines baggage claim area. During fall migration, birds concentrate at the bottom of the New Jersey peninsula, which is bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and on the other by the Delaware Bay, creating a funnel for migrants — especially in the fall. Our roster of speakers and presenters will capture the thrill of fall birding in Cape May, and our “roving reporters” will bring you up-to-the-minute action from Cape May’s hotspots. This tour will visit Cape May’s The hawk watch site at Cape May Point State Park offers an excellent location to scan the skies to witness this mass movement of birds. Our late afternoon departure gives us the opportunity catch the “fly out” of birds that visit bay areas during the day. We start at the Cape May Bird Observatory headquarters and gift shop to orient ourselves, get the local birding news, and pickup any birding necessities. As of January 2017, Naturalist Journeys pays 100% of your flight carbon offset. Cape May’s location makes it a very special birding hot spot. Beach areas can offer a good selection of shorebirds often sitting inland to get out of the wind. This is a relaxed journey with minimal early mornings. After a local lunch we head to Miss Chris Marina where we board the Osprey, a large pontoon tour boat, to explore the salt marshes along New Jersey’s Intracoastal Waterway. Walks around the park can push up nearly any late migrating eastern passerine this time of year, too. If birds are good judges of excellent climate, Cape May has the finest climate in the United States, for it has the greatest variety of birds. Today we get to know Cape May. The 2020 Cape May Fall Festival will be virtual and Cape May-centric!