Cape May Bird Observatory

General Info

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 Cape May Convention hall filled with exhibitors, live hawks, owls, and more at the 68th Cape May Autumn Birding Festival!  You'll find something for everyone; from the novice to the seasoned nature lover, adults and families.  Easy-paced field trips to Cape May's birding hotspots are led by North America's finest naturalists.  The 3-day Festival bird checklist can tally close to 200 species.

Leaders and speakers like Bill Boyle, Mike Crewe, Pete Dunne, Mark Garland, Kevin Karlson, Michael O’Brien, Louise Zemaitis, Pete Bacinski 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.

Visit the Avalon Sea Watch (sponsored by Swarovski Optik) at the east end of 7th Street in Avalon where an average of almost a million seabirds are counted annually.  Make sure you bring a spotting scope!


Birding by Boattm ♦ aboard The Osprey 

Travel through 
Cape Island Creek Preserve, 
NJ's southernmost salt marsh and a critical migration

Trips remain on placid, inland waterways.

♦Additional cost; registration required.

That's just the beginning!

Cape May Convention Hall will be filled with wildlife, artists, artisans,
crafts, gifts, binocular experts, travel and tour companies, and so much more . . . 


WHOO else might you find at Convention Hall?  

New Jersey's Hunters of the Sky from Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford, NJ 
will be here all weekend along with a northern pine snake and maybe some box turtles.