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Schedule

This is a PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES.  Event organizers reserve the

right to cancel, add or substitute activities when necessary. Activities go rain or

shine.  Transportation is NOT provided.


Green - Field Trip, Outdoor Activity

Yellow- Indoor Activity, Program, Workshop

Blue- Outdoor Field Workshop    

Pink - Outdoor Demonstration

Aqua - Boat Trip                 

Violet - Indoor Special Event


A description of the various areas, including those areas that are handicap accessible is available on our festival website under
Site Descriptions. Activities marked ♦ require advance registration and fee as noted on registration form.

Registrants will receive a detailed schedule with meeting times, places, directions, map, and admission tags. Wearing your daily admission tag will give you access to all regular activities including field trips, workshops, programs, demos, and admission to Cape May Convention Hall.  

Each day offers a varied selection of activities which, with the exception of those activities marked ♦, do not have to be selected in advance.  The registrant has the flexibility to choose what they would like to do throughout the day they are registered. 

 


 

FRIDAY, October 24 

Migratory Watch

7:30am-9:00am

Morning Flight sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Field Trip

7:30am-9:00am

Birding Higbee Beach

Field Trip

7:30am-9:30am

Birding the Meadows

Field Trip

7:30am-9:30am

Birding the Rea Farm

Field Trip

7:30am-9:30am

Birding Cape May Point State Park

Migratory Watch

7:30am-5:00pm

Cape May Hawk Watch sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Migratory Watch

7:30am-5:00pm

Avalon Sea Watch sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Field Trip

8:00am-10:00am

Birding at Cox Hall Creek

Field Trip

10:00am-12:00pm

Birding the Meadows

Field Trip

10:00am-12:00pm

E-Z Birding at Cape May Point State Park

Boat Trip♦

10:00am-12:30pm

Birding by Boat™ ♦                

Field Workshop

10:30am-11:30am

Raptor Migration and ID sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Field Trip            

10:30am-12:30pm Birding at Stone Harbor/Nummy's Island 
Program    11:00am-12noon Digiscoping hawks in flight for ID purposes with Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optics 

Exhibitors

12:00pm-5:00pm

Cape May Convention Hall open with live animals and vendors

Silent Auction 12:00-4:30pm Silent Auction in Convention Hall -- stop by and place your bids 
Program 12:00pm-1:00pm Things that go "seep" in the night - Michael O'Brien 
Program          12:00pm-1:00pm "Break into Birding" - Pete Dunne 

Demonstration

1:00pm-1:45pm

Hawk Banding Demo with Cape May Raptor Project

Program 1:00pm-2:00pm "Owls, nightjars and rails: birds we love but seldom see" -- Pete Bacinski 
Program 1:00-2:00pm The WARBLER Guide: The overlooked ID Points that make identifying warblers easy -- Scott Whittle 
Program 1:30-2:30pm Point and Shoot for Wildlife with Stephen Ingraham of Carl Zeiss Sport Optics 

Field Trip

1:30pm-3:30pm

Birding by bicycle at Cox Hall Creek

Field Trip

1:30pm-3:30pm

Birding the Meadows

Field Trip 1:30pm-3:30pm Birding Stone Harbor/Nummy's Island 

Boat Trip♦

1:30pm-4:00pm

Birding by Boat™ ♦               

Field Workshop

2:00pm-3:00pm

Coastal Migration and Seabird ID

Program 2:00pm-3:00pm Photoshop and Lightroom - Differences and Similarities  by Scott Whittle 

Field Workshop

2:00pm-4:00pm

Tree Identification Primer with Mike Crewe

Workshop 2:00pm-4:00pm Waterfowl, An ID Workshop with Pete Bacinski 

Program

3:00pm-4:00pm

Birding by Impression - a different approach to knowing and identifying birds by Kevin Karlson

Program  4:00pm-5:00pm Whitmer Stone - his early years with Rick Radis  

Program

4:00pm-5:00pm

101 Great Birds from Around the World -- by Mark Garland

Meeting

5:00pm

NJ Audubon Annual Meeting All members welcome to attend

Presentation 6:00pm-6:30pm NJ 2014 Literary Award by New Jersey Center for the Book 

Evening Program♦

6:30pm-7:30pm

Caught in the SNOWstorm with Scott Weidensaul     



SATURDAY, October 25

Migratory Watch

7:30am-9:00am

Morning Flight sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Field Trip

7:30am-9:00am

Birding Higbee Beach

Field Trip

7:30am-9:30am

Birding at the Meadows

Field Trip

7:30am-9:30am

Birding at the Rea Farm

Field Trip

7:30am-9:30am

Birding Cape May Point State Park

Migratory Watch

7:30am-5:00pm

Cape May Hawk Watch sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Migratory Watch

7:30am-5:00pm

Avalon Sea Watch sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Special Birding Trip♦ 7:30am-11:30am Best of Cape May Birding -- by van -- with Mike Crewe ♦ 
Special Birding Trip♦  7:30am-2:30pm Raptors, Songbirds and Seabirds - Migration watches -- by van -- with Tom Reed (box lunch included) ♦ 
Field Trip 8:00am-10:00am Birding at Cox Hall Creek 
Special Birding Trip♦ 8:00am-10:00am Birding with Kevin Karlson and Pete Dunne ♦ 

Field Workshop

8:00am-11:00am

Photography in the field - a photo workshop with Scott Whittle

Program

10:00am-11:30am


Field Trip

10:00am-12:00pm

Birding at the Meadows

Field Trip

10:00am-12:00pm

EZ birding at Cape May Point State Park

Workshop 10:00am-12:00pm Hawks in Autumn: An Identification Workshop with Pete Bacinski 

Workshop

10:00am-12:00pm

NJ Sparrow Identification with Michael O'Brien

Boat Trip♦

10:00am-12:30pm

Birding by Boat™ ♦                      

Exhibitors

10:00am-5:00pm

Cape May Convention Hall with live animals, vendors and more!

Silent Auction 10:30am-4:30pm Silent Auction in Convention Hall -- stop by and place your bids! 

Field Workshop

10:30am-11:30am

Hawk Identification sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Workshop

10:30am-11:30am

"Binos for birding" with Rich Moncrief of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics

Field Trip 10:30am-12:30pm Birding at Stone Harbor/Nummy's Island 
Program 12noon-1:00pm 

Birding trip to the bottom of the world - Ric Zarwell with Rockjumper Tours

 

Program 12noon-1:00pm "What a bird book can do"  --Rick Wright

Program

12:30pm-1:30pm

Monarch Migration - Their Amazing Journey

Presentation 1:00pm-1:30pm Cape aMAYzing Migration Book Contest Awards Presentation in Convention Hall 

Demonstration

1:00pm-1:45pm

Hawk Banding Demo with Cape May Raptor Project

Program

1:00pm-2:00pm

"Mapping for the future: The plants of Cape May"  with Mike Crewe

Program 1:00pm-2:00pm Break inito birding -- Pete Dunne

Field Trip

1:30pm-3:30pm

Birding by bicycle at Cox Hall Creek

Field Trip

1:30pm-3:30pm

Birding at the Meadows

Field Trip 1:30pm-3:30pm Birding at Stone Harbor/Nummy's Island 

Boat Trip♦

1:30pm-4:00pm

Birding by Boat™ ♦                    

Field Workshop

2:00pm-3:00pm

Digiscoping with Swarovski Optik

Presentation

2:00pm-3:00pm

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge with hawks and owls

Field Workshop

2:00pm-3:00pm

Coastal migration and Seabird ID Workshop

Program 2:00pm-3:00pm Birding in the 21st Century -- Pete Bacinski 
Workshop 2:00pm-3:15pm Processing images with Photoshop Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom's Develop Module with Scott Whittle 

Field Trip

2:00pm-4:00pm

Birding Lake Lily and the Northwood Center

Demonstration

2:30pm-3:00pm

Monarch Banding Demo with Monarch Monitoring Project

Program 2:30pm-3:30pm Birds and Beyond: NJ Audubon efforts to protect birds, bees, butterflies & their habitats through legislation and improved policy.  

Program

3:00pm-4:00pm

Plants of the NJ Pine Barrens with Rick Radis

Booksigning

3:30pm-4:30pm

"Meet the Authors" booksigning

Program 3:30pm-4:30pm The Color of Birds: In Celebration of a Passion - Kevin Loughlin of Wildside Nature Tours 
Social 5:00pm-6:00pm Cash Bar Social 

Evening Program♦

6:00pm-9:00pm

Dinner buffet; Presentation of the Patricia F. Kane Education Award;  
"On Migration" with David La Puma PhD AND The R. Bruce Reunion Tour



SUNDAY, October 26 

Migratory Watch

7:30am-9:00am

Morning Flight sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Field Trip

7:30am-9:00am

Birding at Higbee Beach

Field Trip

7:30am-9:30am

Birding the Meadows

Field Trip

7:30am-9:30am

Birding at the Rea Farm

Field Trip

7:30am-9:30am

Birding at Cape May Point State Park

Special Birding Trip♦ 7:30am-11:30am Best of Cape May Birding -- by van -- with Mike Crewe ♦  
Special Birding Trip♦  7:30am-2:30pm Raptors, Songbirds and Seabirds -- visit the migration watches -- by van -- with Tom Reed (box lunch provided)  ♦ 

Migratory Watch

7:30am-5:00pm

Cape May Hawk Watch sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Migratory Watch

7:30am-5:00pm

Avalon Sea Watch sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Field Trip 8:00am-10:00am Birding at Cox Hall Creek 

Field Workshop

8:00am-11:00am

Photography in the field - photo walk with Mike Hannisian  Cancelled

Field Trip

10:00am-12:00pm

EZ-birding at Cape May Point State Park

Field Trip

10:00am-12:00pm

Birding The Meadows

Silent Auction 10:00am-12noon Silent Auction -- Auction closes at 12 noon! 

Boat Trip♦

10:00am-12:30pm

Birding by Boat™ ♦             

Exhibitors

10:00am-3:00pm

Cape May Convention Hall, with live animals, vendors and more!

Field Workshop

10:30am-11:30am

Raptor migration and Identification sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Field Trip

10:30am-12:30pm

Birding Stone Harbor and Nummy's Island

Presentation

11:00am-12:00pm

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge hawks and owls

Demonstration

1:00pm-1:45pm

Hawk Banding Demo with Cape May Raptor Project

Special Birding Trip♦   1:00pm-5:00pm Best of Cape May Birding -- by van -- with Mike Crewe ♦   

Field Trip

1:30pm-3:30pm

Birding Stone Harbor Point with Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet

Field Trip

1:30pm-3:30pm

Birding at the Meadows

Boat Trip♦

1:30pm-4:00pm

Birding by Boat™ ♦

Field Workshop

2:00pm-3:00pm

Coastal migration and Seabird ID Workshop

Field Trip 2:oopm-4:00pm Birding Lake Lily and the Northwood Center

Field Trip

2:30pm-5:00pm

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge