Cape May Bird Observatory
Migration Monitoring Projects

The mission of New Jersey Audubon is to connect people with nature, and to steward of the nature of today for the people of tomorrow. The migration counts have defined Cape May Bird Observatory's means of understanding the needs of resident and migratory wildlife. Our programing, and the naturalist internships we offer each autumn, allow us to convey this information to the public in an effort to create the conservation ethic necessary to ensure continued stewardship of wildlife and the habitat they depend on.

Cape May Hawkwatch

The hawkwatch is the DNA of the Cape May Bird Observatory. Started in the same year of CMBO, 1976, the Cape May Hawkwatch is nearing 40 years of constant effort counting. 

Monarch Monitoring Project

Our second longest running monitoring project, the Monarch project just celebrated its 25th consecutive year in 2014. As these majestic migrants decline across much of their range, the Atlantic population becomes even more important to understand and conserve. Thanks to the hard work of the Monarch Monitoring Project, we have some of the best data available on this tropical butterfly.

Avalon Seawatch

Possibly the greatest migration spectacle on the East Coast of North America, the Avalon Seawatch ensures we have our finger on the pulse of waterbirds in the western Atlantic. Hovering around 1 million individual birds counted each year, this dataset is critically important to understanding waterbird populations in our region. 

Morning Flight Songbird Count

Visible songbird migration at the most extreme, our youngest monitoring program (at nearly a decade), the Morning Flight count, keeps tabs on migration phenology of songbirds in the Mid-Atlantic region. But why do they fly back from the way they came overnight? Our research team is working on projects to figure out just that! In the meantime, explore the wonder that is Morning Flight and join us on the Higbee Dike in the fall!