If your goal was to design the perfect bird watching state, you couldn’t do better than New Jersey. Seven major habitat zones. 465 total species. Over 200 breeding birds. Plus it’s the state that hosts the World Series of Birding and such celebrated migratory junctions as Garret Mountain, Sandy Hook and Cape May.
In less than three hours you can drive from Canadian Zone forests–with breeding Northern Goshawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Yellow-rumped Warbler--to Carolina Zone habitat hosting Chuck-will's-widow, Prothonotary Warbler and Summer Tanager. En route you will pass hundreds of thousands of acres of natural, public lands and sanctuaries, such as New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Sanctuary, that cater to bird watchers.
No matter what the season. No matter where you live or visit. New Jersey has a birding spectacle to impress you, a birding challenge to test you, or a birding experience to engage you.
We are currently preparing up-to-date guides for birding locations throughout the state. Currently available are:
Additional information on birding sites in New Jersey can be found at: