CMBO’s Weekly Walks are regularly scheduled programs and activities, led by our stellar Associate Naturalists and professional staff, that take place at all the best birding and natural history locations around Cape May. These walks change throughout the year, focusing on the best of each season, whether that is breeding hotspots, winter visitors, or the spectacle of migration. Normally two or three hours in duration, these walks are sure to fit nature into your busy schedule. All experience levels are welcome, and those marked E-Z Birding and A Bird Walk for All People are especially geared for beginners or a relaxed pace. A full schedule of Weekly Walks is published seasonally in The Kestrel Express (download HERE or pick up a copy at a CMBO center), along with our Special Field Trips, School of Birding Workshops, Festivals, and other events.
NO PREREGISTRATION is necessary for our weekly walks – just show before the designated start time. Children age 15 and younger are free. Although children accompanied by parents are always welcome, walks that are especially Family-friendly are noted. New Jersey Audubon and Cape May Bird Observatory members receive a discount on weekly walks, as indicated in the individual walk descriptions. Not a member? Join now at FeatherEdge Optics, by contacting the Program Registrar at 609.400.3864, or in person at the nearest NJA center.
These walks meet at locations highlighted on the CMBO Bird and Butterfly Map of Cape May County (available HERE or at both of our centers). Bring binoculars (loaners often available if you don’t have any), field guides, bug repellent, sunscreen, and drinking water. Dress for prevailing weather and protection from sun, heat, cold, wind, rain, and insects according to season. Most of our weekly walks involve walking a mile or more on varied terrain, such as asphalt, boardwalk, gravel, beach, and dirt (sometimes muddy) paths. For more accessibility for those with limited mobility, contact the Northwood Center at 609.400.3868. Note: Programs may be cancelled due to difficult/unsafe weather conditions.