Cape May Bird Observatory
Evening Programs

Friday, October 24

Scott Weidensaul 

5:00 - 7:30pm

"Caught in the SNOWstorm"

The winter of 2013-14 saw the largest invasion of snowy owls into the eastern US in perhaps a century.  These giant white raptors were seemingly everywhere -- but more than just an exciting birding event, this historic irruption provided an unprecedented chance to learn more about these enigmatic Arctic owls.  Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul will discuss how Project SNOWstorm -- one of the most ambitious snowy owl research projects ever attempted -- came together in a few frantic weeks last winter, was funded with the help of people from around the world, and the surprises, remarkable discoveries and unexpected insights it continues to provide into the life and ecology of the snowy owl.  (Photo courtesy Beth Sanders).

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind," about bird migration; "Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Ornithology"; and "The First Frontier" The Forgotten History of  Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America."  His newest book, a Peterson Reference Guide to Owls, will be out in 2015.  Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon magazine and writes for a variety of other publications.  He lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of hawks, owls and hummingbirds.


You do not have to be a festival participant to join us on Friday, October 24 for this program, but advanced registration is required ($40/person).

NOTE:  Scott Weidensaul will be at Cape May Convention Hall on Friday, October 24 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm to sign books, at the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth (#10).  So bring your books from home, or purchase them at the CMBO booth (#21-22).  Scott Weidensaul will NOT be at the author booksigning on Saturday.




Saturday, October 25

David La Puma, PhD

6:00 - 9:00pm

There is NO better time to be a birder than right now!

David has been on a wild ride over the last decade, from studying endangered sparrows, to forecasting fallouts during migration, to touring the birding festival scene. Throughout this adventure, one overriding theme keeps surfacing: there is NO better time to be a birder than right now! David will take us on a tour of how birding in the 21st century has been revolutionized by our technological advances, enhanced by our conservation efforts, and enriched by the increasing diversity of new birders. The future of birding is now, and it's awesome.

David La Puma is the director of the Cape May Bird Observatory. David brings with him more than a decade of experience in ecological research; research that has focused on conservation of endangered species and identification of important stopover habitats for migrating birds. Throughout his career, David has worked across a variety of disciplines including conservation, education, research and policy.  


RBRT: The R. Bruce Reunion Tour

R. Bruce is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter of humorous songs, performing across the U.S. as well as in Australla, Canada and the UK.  He has recorded four albums and receives daily airplay on satellite radio.  In 2011 he stopped touring and in essence, "R. Bruce" broke-up.  He began to pursue birding with a passion in both the US and Australia.

In 2014 for reasons that have never been made clear, he reunited with himself for what may be the first, ever, solo reunion tour.  The R. Bruce Reunion Tour, banding code: RBRT.

Website: www.rbruce.net

"R. Bruce mixes outrageous observational humor with catchy melodies and fluid finger picking." The Washington Post

"He's dedicated his life to the service of the only two things in life that are worth anything, that's music and humor.  Humor is his 'band.' " John Starling, Seldom Scene (Grammy Award winner).

You do not have to be a festival participant to join us on Saturday, October 25 for this program, but advanced registration is required ($60/person).