Nowhere else will you find so much birding talent in one place than at NJ Audubon’s Cape May Autumn Birding Festival - Bill Boyle, Bill Clark, Pete Dunne, Ted Floyd, Don Freiday, Mark Garland, Kevin Karlson, Kenn Kaufman, John Kricher, Michael O’Brien, Rick Radis, Louise Zemaitis, and so many more.
There’s nothing like an autumn weekend in Cape May, especially when the hawks are soaring! Come
for a day or decide to stay. Choose from a variety of field trips, programs and lectures, indoor and field workshops, boat trips, and seasonal watches. Something for everyone from the novice to the seasoned naturalist. Activities marked  require additional registration fee.
Friendly and easy-paced field trips to local birding hotspots with expert naturalists. Checklist can tally close to 200 species. and more. Stop by the Programs, lectures, workshops & field workshops on species identification, migration, beginning birding, photography, backyard habitat,hawk banding demos,infamous Cape May Hawk Watch, sponsored by Swarovski Optik.
Sign up for the Mini-Pelagic, a half-day boat trip across the Delaware Bay aboard the Cape May Lewes Ferry. Search for gannets, loons, scoters, jaegers, gulls and the possibility of petrels or shearwaters.
Or go Birding by Boat™ aboard the Osprey for trips that begin at beautifulCape Island Creek Preserve, NJ’s southernmost salt marsh and a critical migration stop. Trips remain on placid inland waters. Excellent views of many species unique to the salt marsh, including Osprey, herons, egrets, oystercatchers, shorebirds, and possibly rails. The Osprey has an open and enclosed viewing deck with sliding glass panoramic windows.
If you enjoy hands-on active birding, consider Kayaking Cape Island Creekwith an experienced naturalist for up close looks at marsh birds and other marine life. Single and double kayaks provided for a fun, safe adventure. No experience or equipment needed.
Bring your bicycle, helmet & binoculars for easy paced Birding by Bike ride through the Villas Wildlife Management Area on paved paths winding through a former golf course that has been preserved for wildlife.
If you want to take your action photography to the next level, professional wildlife photographer Kevin Karlson is offering an indoor workshop featuring tips for composing and capturing wildlife images with a special emphasis on flight and action techniques and camera settings. You may want to combine this with his special ½ day field workshop, Composition, Flight and Birds in Action suitable for both beginning and advanced photographers.
SPECIAL EVENING PROGRAMS
FRIDAY - OCTOBER 28 - Ted Floyd
Birding at Night: The Final Frontier
Birding at night is an unexplored frontier for many of us; and not just for
owls but for thrushes, warblers, and sparrows. Sit back and enjoy Ted's program as he opens your mind (and ears) to an entirely new concept of birding. This is an indoor program.
Warning: Night birding can become addictive and you may find
yourself becoming a real “night owl.”
About Ted: Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding, the flagship publication of the American Birding Association. He is the author of several books and more than one hundred articles on birds and nature. Ted has served on the boards of several field ornithological societies, and he is a frequent speaker at bird festivals and other events. He is especially interested in molt migration, nocturnal flight calls, patchwork (go on! ask him!), the social history of birdwatching, and birdwatching with children. Ted lives in Boulder County, Colorado, with his wife Kei, daughter Hannah, and son Andrew.
Ted’s keynote presentation will introduce us to the amazing world of birding at night. Many birds are surprisingly easy to observe at night. And it’s not just owls, but also lots of birds we often think of as being active only by day: thrushes and thrashers, warblers and sparrows, and many more. And the things they do at night are extraordinary.
He'll show us how to find birds at night. It’s easy! Yet most people are unaware of the surprising “night life” of the bird world. Birding at night is an unexplored frontier for most of us. Ted will take us on a tour of the new frontier of nocturnal birding, and he will tell us how nocturnal birding is helping the cause of bird conservation.
Birding at Night: The Final Frontier will open your mind to an entirely new conception of birding. Warning: Going birding at night is thoroughly addictive. As a result of hearing and seeing Ted’s presentation, you may find yourself increasingly sleep-deprived, unable to stay in bed and indoors during the nighttime hours!
Meet the Authors at the Saturday evening book signing!
Bring your favorites, or pick up the ones you're missing from
our nature shops and have them personalized by Bill Boyle, Pete Dunne, Ted Floyd, Kenn Kaufman, John Kricher, Michael O'Brien, Louise Zemaitis and more!
SATURDAY - OCTOBER 29 - Kenn Kaufman
Birder Pride: Are You Proud To Tell People
That You Watch Birds?
How many of your non-birder friends or relations just don’t understand what birding is all about? How do people react when you tell them
you’ve travelled halfway around the world to go birding?
When he was a teenager, Kenn hitchhiked around the continent getting rides with hundreds of strangers. He often wondered their reaction if they knew he was travelling just to chase birds. A lot has changed since the days of Kingbird Highway. Today birding is more widely accepted but even so, some of us still may be reluctant to talk about birding in certain social situations. In this program, Kenn will look at the issue of birder pride from all angles. Enjoy Kenn’s serio-comedic interpretation of Birder Pride!
LODGING IS NOT INCLUDED
The Grand Hotel of Cape May is offering special rates to registered participants using Group Code 155224. Many of our programs are held in The Grand Hotel, as well as our socials, dinner, and evening programs. You may reserve lodging directly with the Grand Hotel (www.grandhotelcapemay.com) or you may call CMBO (609-884-2736) for a copy of Places to Stay brochure, or visit www.BirdCapeMay.org to select from a list of our business members.