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Guides for Hire

Guides for Hire -- A tailor-made service to maximize your Cape May birding experience.

New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory offers a wide range of regularly scheduled walks, programs, workshops and other events for visiting birders. With such a variety, there’s a program type available to suit all tastes. Even so, you might find there’s nothing that quite fits your schedule; or perhaps you are planning a visit with some very specific outings you would like to do.

With this in mind, we are pleased to offer our Guides for Hire program, specially tailored to suit your personal needs.

Let’s say you’re in Cape May for a short visit, and don’t have the luxury of time to find the top birding spots yourself, want help in tracking down that elusive gap on your bird list, or simply want to enjoy the personal touch. Then CMBO’s Guides for Hire is for you. We cater for both groups and individuals.

Our guides are hand-picked from the wonderful cadre of top birdwatchers who are lucky enough to call Cape May their home. They range from amateur to professional, but all have a common thread—a superb knowledge of Cape May’s birds, and a passion to showcase the natural wonders of Cape May to visitors, ensuring your birding experience is the best it can be.

Oh, and by the way, if it is dragonflies, butterflies, native flora or just about anything else in the natural world that you are seeking – we can help you there, too!

The chart below provides a sampling of the cost to hire a guide for a half-day (4-hours max) or full day (8-hours max), for a variety of group sizes.

Guide for Hire Costs
Number of Participants Fees for Half Day Fees for Full Day
 1 - 4 $150.00 $250.00
 5 $170.00 $280.00 
 6 $190.00 $310.00
 7 $210.00 $340.00
 8 $230.00 $370.00
 9 $250.00 $400.00
 10 $270.00 $430.00
 11 $290.00 $460.00
 12 $310.00 $490.00


For further details of our Guides for Hire service,to request a specific guide, and to make reservations, please contact the Program Registrar at 609-400-3864 or by email: cmboregistrar@njaudubon.org. A request must be received a minimum of 7 days in advance of the desired date.

Please note the following: All transportation is the responsibility of the participant(s). Neither New Jersey Audubon nor Cape May Bird Observatory are liable for any guide driving any participant during the course of the trip. Specific guides may be requested, but are subject to availability. Rates may be subject to change. Rates are for 1/2 day (max. four hours) or a full day (max. eight hours). No refunds or allowances for less time used. Details of deposits due, cancellation policy etc. can be obtained by contacting the CMBO Program Registrar.