New Jersey Audubon invites you to Cape May to enjoy an assortment of field trips, programs and workshops, evening programs, back bay boat excursions, hawk banding demos, and the new Cape May Convention hall filled with exhibitors and a live raptor show, and more at the Cape May Autumn Birding Festival! Something for everyone, from the novice to the seasoned naturalist. Friendly and easy-paced field trips to Cape May's birding hot-spots led by North America's finest naturalists. Festival bird checklist can tally close to 200 species.
Leaders and speakers like Bill Boyle, Pete Dunne, Don Freiday, Mark Garland, Kevin Karlson, John Kricher, Michael O’Brien, Rick Radis, David Sibley, Clay Sutton, Louise Zemaitis, Mike Crewe, and a host of our experienced associate naturalists...the list goes on.
Where else will you find so much birding talent in one place than at NJ Audubon’s Cape May Autumn Birding Festival?
You can . . .
Spend some time at the famous Cape May Hawk Watch (sponsored by Swarovski Optik) at Cape May Point State Park where daily hawk tallies
can reach in the thousands.
Search for seabirds on a half-day
Mini-Pelagic♦. A boat trip on the
Cape May Lewes Ferry across Delaware Bay.
♦Additional cost; registration required.
Go Birding by Boattm ♦ aboard The Osprey begins at beautiful Cape Island Creek Preserve, NJ's southernmost salt marsh and critical migration stopover. Trips remain on placid, inland waters. ♦Additional cost; registration required.
Cycle Cox Hall Creek is an easy paced ride through the refurbished Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area on paths winding through a former golf course now preserved for wildlife. Must bring your own bike & helmet.
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of NJ’s Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act with a walk through The Nature Conservancy's South Cape May Meadows with staff from The Nature Conservancy and NJ DEP. Learn about the importance of freshwater wetlands and the restoration project that was done at this site. This walk is sponsored by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and and The Nature Conservancy.
Be prepared for some special treats at
the new Cape May Convention Hall
filled with wildlife artists, artisans, crafts,
gifts, binocular experts, travel and tour
companies, and so much more . . .
Make sure you don't miss Jonathan Wood of The Raptor Project
as he astounds you with his array of live owls, hawks and eagles
on stage at Cape May Convention Hall. Special shows are planned throughout the weekend.