Biting Insects/Ticks: As the season progresses, gnats, mosquitoes and several species of flies will be looking to feed on you. Always wear long pants and sleeves if headed into a “buggy” area. Ticks are a major problem in South Jersey. Always perform a periodic “tick-check” whenever you roam through a forest or a field, or any patch of grass higher than ankle-height, regardless of how big that patch may be. The smallest tick species here, the Deer Tick, is a primary carrier of Lyme Disease.
A light-weight pair of pants tucked into light-colored socks or tall boots and a long-sleeved light-weight top can help to keep your skin covered and not exposed to insect bites.
Birding Etiquette: While in Cape May, you’ll likely come across many other birders, as well as numerous non-birders. Cape May attracts music & art lovers, Victorian enthusiasts, and general vacationers, in addition to birders! Always be courteous to everyone you meet.
You never want to become a traffic hazard while looking at a bird so always make sure your car is completely pulled off to the side of a road. Be careful of fast-moving traffic. Especially near residential areas, try to refrain from making too much noise before 9:00am, and never trespass on private property. Likewise, if you’re around other birders, try not to disturb a bird someone else is viewing, and always be mindful of the interests of other birders around you. Set a good example for young birders everywhere.
- Make sure that you or your driver follows all posted speed limits in the Cape May area. Local police strictly enforce speed limits on the Cape Island.
- Remember the entrance fee/pass requirement at The Nature Conservancy’s Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (available on site).
- As well as, the sticker required for entry into The Beanery/Rea Farm (available at either CMBO center—free for members; non-members can purchase a daily or weekly pass.) NJ Audubon/CMBO has leased the “birding rights” to the property, in what is a unique partnership between the agricultural and birding communities in Cape May.