Then, we load up and travel about 2.5 hours, that includes a quick lunch stop, to our lodgings in Cape May, New Jersey. No decisions to As of January 2017, Naturalist Journeys pays 100% of your flight carbon offset. If birds are good judges of excellent climate, Cape May has the finest climate in the United States, for it has the greatest variety of birds. Here we have a chance to see many shorebirds and migrating waterfowl that utilize the sea grass islands and constantly changing tidal creek mudflats of the saltmarsh. This journey is either underway or complete, but we do have, Cape May State Park | Cape May Bird Refuge, Stone Harbor Point | Salt Marsh Boat Tour | Nummy Island, Delaware | Cape Henlopen State Park | Prime Hook NWR, Forsythe NWR | Avalon Sea Watch | Wetlands Institute, Cape May Trolley Birding & Trip to The Rips, Enjoy a one-stop, unpack, and relaxing tour at a beachside hotel, Watch for thousands of Sharp-shinned Hawk, hundreds of Northern Harrier, and dozens of Peregrine Falcon and Merlin at the Cape May State Park Hawk Watch Platform, Spend an afternoon at The Nature Conservancyâs Cape May Bird Refuge, one of the most successful beach habitat restorations on the Atlantic seaboard, Look for Common, Black, Roseate, Arctic, Gull-billed, and Sandwich Terns at Stone Harbor Point, Search for elusive Diamondback Terrapin, Americaâs only saltwater turtle, aboard a salt marsh pontoon cruise, Visit Avalon Sea Watch, one of the countryâs longest-running seabird watch/counting sites and a good spot to see dolphins and whales, Board Lewes Ferry for a pelagic crossing of the Delaware Bay to the state of Delaware to visit Cape Henlopen State Park and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Watch hundreds, if not thousands, of warblers and other passerines at Morning Flight, a morning watch of returning birds that were pushed out to sea on their evening migration, 7-Day / 6-Night Cape May Migration Tour with Dan Donaldson, Airport is Philadelphia International (PHL). Walks around the park can push up nearly any late migrating eastern passerine this time of year, too. Visiting local birding patches of their choice, we experience their observation and interpretation skills in action. November 13, 2020 Melissa Roach. Most birding locations are short walks on flat ground, easy on the exertion level. 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Just 4 spots left for our outdoor in-person birding program â August 18th in Cape May NJ . Our virtual Spring Festival will feature legendary birding hot spots in Cape May, NJ, including Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) South Cape May Meadows (aka “The Meadows”), and world renowned shorebird migration locations on the Delaware Bayshore, Heislerville WMA and the Atlantic coast. (CAPE MAY â Oct. 6, 2020) REV Theatre in association ... November 29. Wright is a marsh warden at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife, Patty. The Cape May Fall Festival is VIRTUAL this year, and there is an impressive lineup of speakers and special events happening October 2â4, 2020. There is no place like Cape May New Jersey for springtime birding and we are going to bring it to you. Accommodations at the Sea Crest Inn (B,L,D), After an early breakfast, we depart for the Philadelphia airport, where we should arrive by 11:00 AM. Trips range from exploring one of the worldâs best examples of tidal salt marshes to visiting one of the most successful beach restorations in the United States. CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH UPDATE â November 6th to 12th. We take a bit of time to freshen up for dinner and get to know our fellow travelling companions. The cost of this journey is $2490 DBL / $2990 SGL, from Philadelphia. Birding By Boat from Cape May. New Jersey Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey’s citizens; protects New Jersey’s birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey’s valuable natural habitats. Watch as Peregrine and Merlin push around shorebirds that take flight in flashing waves of motion. Dinner is at the famous Lobster House restaurant where we finish our bird lists and reflect on the week We do this once on the trip as a group and then as an option on any appropriate morning. During fall migration, birds concentrate at the bottom of the New Jersey peninsula, which is bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and on the other by the Delaware Bay, creating a funnel for migrants â especially in the fall. Red-throated and Common Loon, gannets and scoters, hawks and falcons are all migrating along the eastern seaboard. In his spare time, he spies on birds. âAlexander Wilson Few places in North America have been birded longer or have more birding advocates than Cape May, New Jersey. New Jersey Audubon is offering the most complete virtual Fall Festival experience you will find anywhere on the Internet. Thank you for your interest! Peregrine, Cooper's Hawk, and Merlin can put on a spectacular show from mid-September through late October, along with scads of Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and even the occasional Bald Eagle circling overhead. There is no place like Cape May New Jersey for springtime birding and we are going to bring it to you. This is the best time of year to visit Victorian Cape May and celebrate the unique heritage of Americaâs first seashore resort. Monarch butterflies are common in the brush, as are migrant songbirds. We catch the sunset at Sunset Beach again back in Cape May and then return to our hotel to freshen up before dinner at a local restaurant. We are truly excited to transport the splendor of spring migration in Cape May right into your own home in a virtual format on May 23rd and 24th. This ferry trip can be very productive for sea birds and scoters that either spend the night afloat or fly in at sunrise to feed. Details. Cape May Birds by the Month . Here, a good day for scoters can amount to a count of 20,000 birds! Accommodations at the Sea Crest Inn (B,L,D), We bird our way through the vast salt marsh areas north of Cape May today as we make our way up the coast to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (aka Brigantine), a 43,000-acre natural area with both fresh and saltwater marshes. On the way back to Cape May we stop at the Avalon Sea Watch, one of the countryâs longest-running seabird watch/counting sites. Cape May Point is probably the premier area for both bird and butterfly watchers but there are plenty of other spots around the county where eco-tourists of every age can marvel in the diverse wildlife of the Jersey Cape. Any spring trip to Cape May, virtual or not, must include Belleplain State Forest. Jim Wright is an author, blogger, and longtime birding columnist for The [Bergen] Record in northern New Jersey. New Jersey Audubon Society is a 501 (c)(3) • All Rights Reserved. Leaders may remove their face covering in order to be heard by the group while maintaining social distance. Warm up your ID skills with the experts on Friday, then join us as we capture Cape Mayâs hotspots with the best guides around. Many thanks to you and all the CMBO/NJ Audubon folks for making this event happen!” – A Birder in Bryn Mawr, PA. Each day will also feature a keynote speaker after a lunch break. Join Naturalist Journeys for this fabulous Cape May fall migration tour. Cost does not include transportation to or from your home to Philadelphia or items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone charges, porterage, maid gratuities, or beverages from the bar. Here we also stop at a local patch where Nelsonâs Sharptail and Seaside Sparrows frequent. The Cape May Bird Observatory was founded in 1976 as a leader in research, environmental education, bird conservation, and recreational birding activities. We watch for the elusive Diamondback Terrapin, North Americaâs only saltwater turtle. There, we spend the rest of the morning hawk watching and exploring the state park. Common, Black, Arctic, Gull-billed, Sandwich, Roseate, and Royal Terns are all possible. Keynote speakers to be announced. If you arrive early or stay on after the trip in Philadelphia, there are a number of motels close to the airport. After lunch weâre off to further explore the salt marshes as we drive the intracoastal areas with stops at Nummy Island, famous for nesting Black-crowned Night-Heron; watch for flyby terns of various species and search for the ever-present Clapper Rail. This morning we participate in the Cape May Birding Festival and board a trolley bus with a celebrity birder for their leaderâs choice birding trip. Fall migration at the Meadows is nothing short of spectacular. In the afternoon we board the American Star tour boat for a three-hour mini pelagic trip to the âthe Rips.â The Rips is an upwelling at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, comprised of shoals and deeper surrounding cuts. A prize-winning writer, his books include The Nature of the Meadowlands, Jungle of the Maya, and Hawk Mountain. SPRING IN CAPE MAY A RELAXED & EASY TOUR MAY 9-15, 2020 ©2019 Cape May, New Jersey is world-famous, not only as a National Historic Landmark with its Victorian architecture, but also as a destination for students of bird migration. The report below shows observations of rare birds in Cape May County. After breakfast we head to Stone Harbor Point where many of the shorebirds and waterfowl in the area can be found. The 2020 Cape May Fall Festival will be virtual! We hope this sampling of what you might see and hear will inspire you to visit Cape May once again, or for the first time, when it is safe to travel. Itâs famous for evening Merlin and Peregrine flights as they work the meadows to catch that last dragonfly snack before settling in for the evening. A Virtual Cape May Spring Birding Festival April 09, 2020 Although most of my "Real James Bond" talks this spring have been postponed, NJ Audubon has announced it is trying something completely different for its annual Spring Birding festival (where I am the Friday keynote speaker ): Photo credits: The migrating birds always come to Cape May to feed and rest on their way south (or north in spring) so you are sure to see great birds. Jim Wright on his new book, The Real James Bond: A True Story of Identity Theft, Avian Intrigue and Ian Fleming. Eventbrite - New Jersey Audubon - Cape May Bird Observatory presents NJ Audubon's Virtual Cape May Spring Festival 2020 - Saturday, May 23, 2020 | Sunday, May 24, 2020 - â¦ Pricing: $1,990 USD, or £1,450 for 6 Days and 5 Nights Group Size: Price is based on a group size of 6 to 8 participants People very knowledgeable - great to help you find birding places, find out about organized birding activities - something every day, birding festivals. The town of Cape May is a national historic site and offers incredible examples of Victorian architecture and charm, as well as some of the most divine seafood on the east coast. Bottlenose Dolphin are regulars on this trip, and Humpback Whale are occasionally seen as well (fingers crossed)! After a local lunch we head to Miss Chris Marina where we board the Osprey, a large pontoon tour boat, to explore the salt marshes along New Jerseyâs Intracoastal Waterway. By Mark Faherty â¢ May 6, 2020 astro/nature guy / flickr / bit.ly/3dxU2kj If youâre like me, you had a lot of neighbors return over the weekend, and they donât appear to be self-quarantining. Cape May is such a legendary and productive hotspot that you can find doorstop-sized books written about birds and birding on this tiny peninsula. Jason Ward Afternoon Keynote, Sunday, May 24, 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Tides may require that we rearrange the activities today. This afternoon we explore Cape May Bird Refuge, aka âthe Meadows.â Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, this important coastal birding area is one of the most successful habitat restorations on the Atlantic seaboard. We start at the Cape May Bird Observatory headquarters and gift shop to orient ourselves, get the local birding news, and pickup any birding necessities. Observations and tips for birding the Cape May, New Jersey area every month of the year from noted author and Cape May resident Paul Kerlinger. More than 1000 Osprey have been counted on a given day, too! Lunch is at one of our favorite cafes. Cape May, at the southern tip of New Jersey, is one of the worldâs most famous birding hotspots! 2020 Cape May Spring Festival. Cape Mayâs prime location, situated on the peninsula where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay, makes it a geographic migrant trap. Each morning begins with an optional sunrise beach walk in search of shorebirds and the stately Black Skimmer. “I just registered for the Virtual CMBO weekend – easy peasy! The 2020 Cape May Fall Festival will be virtual and Cape May-centric! Now, he gets to share his love for modern-day dinosaurs with the public in many ways, including guided field trips across the country and in his web series; “Birds of North America”. An infatuation that provided him with an escape from the obstacles growing up in the South Bronx provided. There is also a steady flow of Common Loon, terns of various species, Green-winged Teal, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Black Duck, scaup, and many other species. Pace of the Journey Plan a visit to the South Cape May Meadows Preserve Parking is available. Did you know that Cape May has been a destination point for birds (and bird observers) for over two centuries? Visiting local birding patches of their choice, we experience their observation and interpretation skills in action. Walking the nearby beach can produce sightings of Parasitic Jaeger, all three scoters, loons, and many species of gull. I’m looking forward to this new experience, and am practicing my bird skills here on the home front. Cost is based on a minimum number of 8 participants; with fewer a small group surcharge (typically $100 â $300) may apply. Explore Cape May Point State Park, site of the world-famous Cape May Hawk Watch, to spot the inhabitants of beaches, ponds, marshes, fields and coastal forests. Cape May is best known for its fall migration, but springtime on the peninsula beckons with its own fine birding and migration spectacles. Banner: Cape May Birders at Dawn, Dan Donaldson; Northern Pintails, Sandy Sorkin; Cape May Sunset, Richard Becker; Northern Shoveler and Friend, Sandy Sorkin; Black Black Skimmers by Carlos Sanchez; Broad-winged Hawk, Carlos Sanchez; Cape May Warbler, Carlos Sanchez; Tree Swallow, Carlos Sanchez; Sandwich Terns, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Clapper Rail, Carlos Sanchez; Red-throated Loon, Greg Smith; Double-crested Cormorant, Greg Smith; Group Photos in Day to Day itinerary by Hugh Simmons Photography; Northern Harrier by Greg Smith; Merlin by Greg Smith; Great Egret by Sandy Sorkin; Tree Swallows by Hugh Simmons Photography; Clapper Rail by Carlos Sanchez. Please arrive at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) no later than 2:00 PM on October 13, and plan to depart after 1:00 PM on October 19. The Cape May Fall Birding Festival falls during the time of our fall migration tour â we register you so we can take in a bird walk or evening presentation if you like. 1 talking about this. Birding Camp on Jun 22, 2020 in Cape May, NJ at Center for Research and Education. Osprey are common and we may even tire of seeing them! Cape May is world-famous for the thousands of migratory birds that flock to the town each fall in a parade of plumage and song. There are thousands of acres of both fresh and salt marshes here and almost any East Coast water bird is possible. Experience an afternoon boat ride through Cape May Harbor into the salt marsh and back-bay environment, with a visit from a local birding â¦ Like many of you, they were both very excited to come to Cape May; so much so that they’ve agreed to join us virtually from their home patches. Written by Charles EveredDirected by Roy Steinberg November 18 - â¦ It could have been the birding destination on the east coast if it werenât for its big brother, New Jersey. Then spend the day with â¦ Today we get to know Cape May. Beach areas can offer a good selection of shorebirds often sitting inland to get out of the wind. Cost is based on double occupancy and includes all accommodations, meals specified in the itinerary, group airport transfers, professional guide services, local park and other area entrance fees, miscellaneous program expenses, and festival registration fee. Cape May Stage presents âAdopt a Sailor â Holiday Editionâ matinee. Jason’s mission is to change the way the public views wildlife, and to blaze a trail for future generations of children growing up in underrepresented communities.”. This is a chance to see hundreds, if not thousands, of warblers and other passerines making their way back to land. Day 3-4: Even more than the rest of Cape May, Higbee Beach at dawn is charged with all the mystery and excitement of migration. Cape May, New Jersey, is a magical place any time of the year, but in the fall it can be the stuff of legend. Born and raised in The Bronx, NYC, his love for wildlife began at a young age as he fell in love with dinosaurs. Follow his adventures on Twitter @1realjamesbond, and read his blog at realjamesbond.net. Accommodations at the Sea Crest Inn (B,L,D), This morning, and every morning for the remainder of the trip, those who wish can enjoy an optional sunrise (6:30 AM) beach walk before breakfast at the hotel (typically each day at 8:00 AM). Calendars. New Jersey Audubon counters are here to help with identification and information. Here we have great opportunities to see Clapper and King Rails, bitterns, migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, as well as Peregrine Falcon hunting the marshes. The Basics of Birding 2020. by Cape May Attractions | Aug 6, 2020 | Nature Center of Cape May. Paul Kerlinger writes a monthly column on bird migration "Birds on the Move" for BirdWatching magazine. Includes both unreviewed and reviewed/approved observations. This tour visits the Cape May Point Hawk Watch, Cape May Bird Observatory, Forsythe (formerly Brigantine) NWR, and plenty of other fresh and saltwater habitats. Cape May is considered the absolute best birding destination in North America to witness fall migration, especially for raptors. This tour will visit Cape Mayâs We have lunch in the Historic District of Downtown Lewes and spend the remainder of our afternoon at Prime Hook NWR, local hawk watch sites, and other fall birding hotspots on the Delaware side of the bay. Their website will show a grid of tour cost and your age category for you to make selections. Night in Cape May. Please do not come to a program if you are sick or have a sick family member. Native Plant Sale – Order Online for pickup June 6 & 7. Experience the legendary birding hot spots all within about a 35-mile drive: Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancyâs South Cape May Meadows (aka âThe Meadowsâ), TNCâs Garrett Family Preserve on Cape Island Creek, and up the road a piece, Cox Hall Creek WMA. All the East Coast waterfowl and wading birds can be found here, and Brant and Snow Geese should be just arriving. Fall migration is a must-see in Cape May, expect to see a wide variety of migrants from September through November. Afterwards we have a light lunch and explore downtown Cape May, visiting the festival vendors. This trip is timed to get us out there at the prime time for bird and marine mammal action, so expect to see numerous terns, gulls, and Northern Gannet, along with a chance at some of the rarer visitors such as Parasitic Jaeger. Click HERE for full details and to register. Thereâs a reason they hold the World Series of Birding here every year! If you plan to drive, please meet the group at the hotel by about 3:00 PM. Cape May Birding Festival - Virtual Edition New Jersey Audubon is offering the most complete virtual Fall Festival experience you will find anywhere on the Internet. Accommodations at the Sea Crest Inn (D), Weâre off for an early start to Morning Flight today, an ongoing morning watch/count of returning birds that were pushed out to sea on their evening migration. Many of the hawks counted at the Cape May Hawk Watch pass directly over the Meadows or hunt in it. Please plan to arrive today at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) where we assemble as a group at 2:00 PM at the Continental Airlines baggage claim area. Born in Philadelphia, he is a lifelong Phillies and Eagles fan. Great Place for all things birds, including gear, walks, birding classes, some general outdoor gear. Then weâre off to the Cape May State Park Hawk Watch Platform, nature center, and light house. Fewer still can offer better bird watching. New Jersey Audubon is offering the most complete virtual Fall Festival experience you will find anywhere on the Internet. Sun., Oct. 18: Cape May Trolley Birding & Trip to The Rips. We stay close to this pretty beach town and familiarize ourselves with the island and the local spots that we visit throughout the week.